Jeremy KirkIDG News Service

Jeremy is the Australia correspondent for IDG News Service, which distributes content to IDG's more than 300 websites and magazines in more than 60 countries.

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Avast: Websites loaded with PC-locking ransomware visited millions of times each week

Avast's user base has landed on websites hosting ransomware more than 18 million times over six weeks

Bitcoin and other currency

You can donate Bitcoins to politicians now

The US Federal Election Commission has approved a request from a political action committee to accept bitcoin donations worth up to $100

PCWorld News

Hackers hoped for slam dunk on Japan Basketball Association website

The sole attack using a recent IE zero-day was on the JBA's website, linked to a high-ranking government official, Symantec said

Chrome's ploy to kill the URL already has a security flaw

Google's "Origin Chip" feature doesn't display long URLs, undermining its antiphishing intentions

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Bitcoin lacks 'credibility and trust,' U.S. SEC says

The U.S. SEC warns of frauds and scams involving the virtual currency

malware_piracy

Malware infections tripled in late 2013 thanks to sneaky browser plugin, Microsoft says

The rise is attributed to 'Rotbrow,' a type of malware that downloads other bad programs

Adblock Plus works out kinks in Safari extension

The browser extension is mostly on par with ones for Chrome and Opera

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Heartbleed-like bug in OpenSSH dismissed as a hoax

Scammers claim they found a bug in the remote access tool two years ago

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Secret Google deals made Android phones more expensive, lawsuit claims

A class-action complaint contends Android devices are pricier because of secret agreements Google makes with device manufacturers

PCWorld News

Australian customs seizes fake iPhones that deliver a shock

The iPhones were among a batch of weapons that came in a shipment from China

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Bogus tool for hacking your Friends' Facebook account hacks you instead

Users think they will get access to their friends' accounts, but their account is hacked instead

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Worm-like Android malware spreads using text messages

Samsapo uses a worm-like characteristic to spread to other Android devices

PCWorld News

Target's move to chip and pin seeks to assure consumers

Target's rollout of chip and pin for its payment cards will begin next year

Hacker claim about bug in post-Heartbleed OpenSSL encryption likely a scam

Hackers claim to have found a new vulnerability and are selling it for 2.5 bitcoins

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Spam link flood prompts We Heart It to turn off Twitter sharing

The cause of the spam postings wasn't clear, however.