Articles By Jeremy Kirk

Microsoft says counting clicks is pass

Microsoft has introduced a reporting tool for its online advertising platform that it claims measures the impact of online ad campaigns rather than merely counting clicks.The tool, called Engagement ROI, has been integrated

Published on: February 26th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

Typosquatters make millions in domain name trade

A civil suit filed in Florida by Dell and its Alienware subsidiary is giving insight into the enormous sums of money that can be made by creating Web pages full of advertising links.In

Published on: February 5th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

New phishing attacks use DNS tricks to dupe hapless users

The latest information on phishing indicates that fraudsters are increasingly using malicious software to direct users to their deceptive sites.The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) said in a new report Thursday that it saw

Published on: February 1st, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

PayPal beefs up security with $169M Fraud Sciences buy

EBay's online payments division, PayPal, will pay US$169 million for an Israeli security company specializing in detecting online fraud, the companies said Monday. The deal should close within 30 days.Fraud Sciences, a private

Published on: January 29th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

Hacking pros offer free phishing kits to wannabe scammers

In a twist, security researchers have discovered a group of hackers who are exploiting a new category of victims -- aspiring Internet scammers.A Moroccan group called "Mr. Brain" is offering free phishing kits

Published on: January 24th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

MySQL buy will help Sun shine brighter in database market

Sun Microsystems will pay US$1 billion for Swedish software company MySQL, whose open-source database is used for some of the most widely visited Web sites in the world. Sun said the deal will

Published on: January 17th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

Hackers exploiting new Microsoft Excel bug

Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability that lies within several versions of the Excel spreadsheet program, Microsoft warned late Tuesday.The problem in Excel allows a hacker to create a malicious Excel document that when

Published on: January 17th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

Sophisticated hacking scheme compromises thousands of Web sites

A sophisticated hacking scheme seen early last year is affecting an increasing number of Web servers, including one owned by a major online advertising company, the chief technology officer of Finjan Software said

Published on: January 15th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

New spam control feature in Microsoft’s next IM version

Microsoft's next version of its instant messenger application will have a new security feature to report users who send unsolicited messages, known as SPIM(spam over IM). That's one of several new features in

Published on: November 23rd, 2007 Jeremy Kirk

RIM launches BlackBerry tools for SMB

Research in Motion has released a BlackBerry software package designed for businesses with up to 30 wireless users, the company said Monday.The package, called BlackBerry Professional Software, can scan a server before installation

Published on: November 5th, 2007 Jeremy Kirk

Microsoft buys comparative shopping site

Microsoft Corp. has bought comparative shopping Web site, which gives its customers a cut of advertising revenue from retailers, offering a rebate on purchases made through the site.Microsoft sees as a

Published on: October 2nd, 2007 Jeremy Kirk

Firefox ad-blocker extension causes angst

A Web site owner has blocked Firefox users from accessing his site in protest of a popular browser extension that blocks text and display ads. Firefox users who go to are redirected

Published on: August 24th, 2007 Jeremy Kirk

Hacker strips DRM from Netflix movies

A hacker has posted instructions for how to save streamed movies from the Netflix Inc. service, undermining Microsoft Corp.'s copy protection technology designed to prevent people from saving the content.The hack is the

Published on: August 10th, 2007 Jeremy Kirk

Data stolen while you’re pumping gas

Using a credit card at a gas station could pose more of a risk for data theft than shopping online, as point-of-sale terminals have emerged as a weak link in the security chain,

Published on: June 26th, 2007 Jeremy Kirk