Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

North Korea is likely behind attacks exploiting a Korean word processing program

North Korea is likely behind cyberattacks that have focused on exploiting a word processing program widely used in South Korea, security firm FireEye said Thursday in a report.

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WhatsApp fixes dangerous flaw in Web app

WhatsApp, the widely used messaging program, has fixed a dangerous flaw in its Web app that could be used to trick people into installing malware, according to Check Point.

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Trend Micro's spam traps surface more Ashley Madison fake users

There hasn't been a lack of strange things turning up in the Ashley Madison data leak. One of the latest discoveries comes from Trend Micro, which found bogus Ashley Madison profiles that used email addresses the company created solely for collecting spam samples.

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Fiat Chrysler voluntarily recalls 7,810 SUVs over software issues

Fiat Chrysler said Friday it is voluntarily recalling 7,810 SUVs due to a software glitch that could make the vehicles vulnerable to remote control.

Even encrypted medical record databases leak information

A new study from Microsoft researchers warns that many types of databases used for electronic medical records are vulnerable to leaking information despite the use of encryption.

Verizon to introduce SDN security feature later this month

Verizon will introduce a virtualized firewall service across its global network later this month, part of its move into software-defined networking.

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Your brand new phone could still have malware

Security company G Data has identified more than 20 mobile phones that have malware installed despite being marketed as new, according to a research report.

Former Secret Service agent admits $820K Silk Road theft

A former Secret Service agent admitted Monday to stealing $820,000 worth of bitcoins from Silk Road vendors during the investigation of the online contraband market.

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'KeyRaider' iOS malware targets jailbroken devices

Credentials for more than 225,000 Apple accounts have been stolen by sophisticated malware that targets modified iOS devices, according to Palo Alto Networks.

Russian-speaking hackers breach 97 websites, many of them dating ones

Russian-speaking hackers have breached 97 websites, mostly dating-related, and stolen login credentials, putting hundreds of thousands of users at risk.

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Chrome will start freezing non-vital Flash elements on web pages soon

Google will stop some Flash content from automatically playing starting Sept. 1, a move it decided on earlier this year to improve browser performance.

AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot reportedly stuffs extra ads into Web pages

Stanford computer scientist Jonathan Mayer was recently Web browsing at a U.S. airport when he reportedly noticed there were too many online advertisements.

Startup takes heat over online tool that checks Ashley Madison data

A startup accused of crude marketing centered around the Ashley Madison data breach said Monday it is changing its tactics amid criticism.

China group attacks India with Word exploit, then uses Microsoft's WMI

A hacking group suspected of operating from China has had success stealing information from mostly Indian targets, often pertaining to border disputes and trade issues, according to FireEye.

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Latest Ashley Madison data dump reveals emails, source code for websites

The woes of AshleyMadison.com’s owners continued Thursday, with a second large release of internal data that security experts suspect is authentic.