Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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Microsoft zaps dodgy Dell digital certificates

Microsoft has updated several of its security tools to remove two digital certificates installed on some Dell computers that could compromise data.

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VPN bug poses privacy threat to BitTorrent downloaders

A bug affecting some VPN services can be used to figure out a computer's real IP addresses, including those of BitTorrent users, which could pose a huge privacy and possibly a legal risk.


Post Google, Mozilla's new search deals to make up revenue

The Mozilla Foundation reported increased revenue for 2014, the last year for which money from a lucrative Google search deal was included.

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Microsoft beefs up security products to block adware

Microsoft is adding a new opt-in defense for enterprises to block adware, which is often sneakily wrapped into free downloads.

Apple brings down apps, mainly Chinese ones, with malware

Dridex spam campaigns target the US, UK and France

The Dridex botnet, which targets financial credentials, appears to be gaining steam again, striking computers in the U.S., U.K. and France.

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Google receives steady stream of 'right to be forgotten' requests

Google continues to receive a steady stream of requests to delist specific search results as a result of a controversial European court ruling.


This gizmo knows your Amex number before you've received your new card

A device built by legendary hacker Samy Kamkar calls into question the security of payment cards as the U.S. continues to grapples with card fraud.

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As China moves to payment cards, cybercriminals follow

As China increasingly embraces payment cards over cash, Trend Micro is seeing an uptick in cybercriminal activity aimed at card fraud.

Dell PCs root certificate security error widens as researchers dig deeper

The fallout from a serious security mistake made by Dell is widening, as security experts find more issues of concern.

Apple brings down apps, mainly Chinese ones, with malware

Hacking group that hit South Korea may be at it again with new target

A hacking group that crippled South Korean banks, government websites and news agencies in early 2013 may be active again, Palo Alto Networks said Wednesday.


Damballa finds tools related to the malware that hit Sony

Security company Damballa said it has found two utilities that are closely related to capabilities seen in the destructive malware that hit Sony Pictures Entertainment last year.


SentinelOne adds feature to restore files hit by ransomware

SentinelOne has added a feature to its endpoint detection products that can restore files encrypted by cybercriminals, a common type of attack known as ransomware.

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How Cisco is trying to keep NSA spies out of its gear

Cisco is working to build the confidence of prospective customers in its products, two years after the NSA spying disclosures seeded doubt, particularly in China.

Blackhole exploit kit makes a surprising encore appearance

The Blackhole exploit kit has made a surprising reappearance two years after cybercriminals stopped using it, according to security vendor Malwarebytes

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New Dell partnership casts doubt on traditional antivirus programs

A new partnership Dell announced on Tuesday signals how cybersecurity defenses are evolving, which could have long-ranging effects on vendors like Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro.