Jeremy Kirk

Australia Correspondent

Jeremy reports on security and regional news for the IDG News Service.

This bag of tricks may help stop a Locky ransomware infection

This bag of tricks may help stop a Locky ransomware infection

A malware researcher has found a few tricks to stop one of the latest types of ransomware, called Locky, from infecting a computer without using any security programs.

The Syrian Electronic Army was careless with Gmail, Facebook

The Syrian Electronic Army was careless with Gmail, Facebook

Three men who allegedly were part of a multi-year hacking campaign with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) left a long digital trail that didn't make them hard to identify, according to court documents.

Tor Project says it can quickly catch spying code

Tor Project says it can quickly catch spying code

The Tor Project is fortifying its software so that it can quickly detect if its network is tampered with for surveillance purposes, a top developer for the volunteer project wrote on Monday.

Researchers find flaw in Apple's iMessage, decrypt iCloud photo

Researchers find flaw in Apple's iMessage, decrypt iCloud photo

Apple's iMessage system has a cryptography flaw that allowed researchers to decrypt a photo stored in iCloud, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

5 things you need to know about SSL

5 things you need to know about SSL

Here's a quick and dirty guide to SSL/TLS, one of the most important technologies for securing data on the Internet.

Vehicles 'increasingly vulnerable' to hacking, FBI warns

Vehicles 'increasingly vulnerable' to hacking, FBI warns

The FBI and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned on Thursday that the rising use of computers in vehicles poses increasing risks of cyberattacks.

New Stagefright exploit puts millions of Android devices at risk

New Stagefright exploit puts millions of Android devices at risk

Millions of Android devices are at risk yet again after researchers found a new way to exploit an older vulnerability that was previously patched by Google.

TeslaCrypt ransomware now impossible to crack, researchers say

TeslaCrypt ransomware now impossible to crack, researchers say

The latest version of the TeslaCrypt ransomware has tidied up a weakness in previous versions that in some cases allowed victims to recover their files without paying a ransom.

Large advertising-based cyberattack hit BBC, New York Times, MSN

Large advertising-based cyberattack hit BBC, New York Times, MSN

Major websites including the BBC, Newsweek, the New York Times and MSN ran malicious online advertisements on Sunday that attacked users' computers, a campaign that one expert said was the largest seen in two years.

Top websites affected by Angler exploit kit malvertising, security vendors say

Top websites affected by Angler exploit kit malvertising, security vendors say

Tens of thousands of Web browsers may have been exposed to ransomware and other malware over the last few days after malicious advertisements appeared on high-profile websites.

Google has doubled its bounty for a Chromebook hack to US$100,000

Google has doubled its bounty for a Chromebook hack to US$100,000

Google doubled the bounty it will pay for a successful exploit of its Chromebook laptop to US$100,000, sweetening the pot in hopes of drawing more attention from security researchers.

Patch closes security hole in messaging encryption tool

Patch closes security hole in messaging encryption tool

A patch has been released for a component that enables chats in several instant messaging clients to be encrypted.

Locky ransomware activity ticks up

Locky ransomware activity ticks up

Locky, a new family of ransomware that emerged in the last few weeks, has quickly made a mark for itself.

Experts say 'chip off' procedure to access terrorist's iPhone is risky

Experts say 'chip off' procedure to access terrorist's iPhone is risky

The iPhone 5c at the center of the legal battle between Apple and the FBI might be accessible through a delicate hardware technique, but experts warn it would be difficult.

Encryption project issues 1 million free digital certificates in three months

Encryption project issues 1 million free digital certificates in three months

Let's Encrypt, an organization set up to encourage broader use of encryption on the Web, has distributed 1 million free digital certificates in just three months.

Google patches remote execution flaws in Android

Google patches remote execution flaws in Android

Google has released 16 patches for Android, including one for a critical remote execution vulnerability in the operating system's mediaserver.

Apple shuts down first-ever ransomware attack against Mac users

Apple shuts down first-ever ransomware attack against Mac users

With the help of security researchers, Apple over the weekend quickly blocked a cyberattack aimed at infecting Mac users with file-encrypting malware known as ransomware.

Here's the password you should never use for an RDP system

Here's the password you should never use for an RDP system

A year-long experiment that baited hackers to try and break into systems netted an interesting result: a single letter, x, was one of the most common password guesses.

Malvertising campaigns are becoming harder to detect

Malvertising campaigns are becoming harder to detect

Jerome Segura, a senior security researcher with Malwarebytes, was recently stumped by a cyberattack he was studying. It seemed to keep vanishing.

Surveillence outfit Hacking Team may have released a new piece of OS X malware

Surveillence outfit Hacking Team may have released a new piece of OS X malware

Security researchers say they've analyzed a new piece of OS X malware likely linked to Hacking Team, the controversial Italian company that sells surveillance software to governments.

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