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.

chromefire

Inside the sneaky, surprisingly large world of rogue Chrome extensions

A study of 48,000 Chrome extensions uncovers ad fraud, data theft and other misdeeds

PCWorld News

'Reveton' ransomware upgraded with powerful password stealer

Avast thinks its controllers are trying to diversify after profits have fallen

facebook phone

Facebook says most outbound email is encrypted now

Microsoft and Yahoo have enabled STARTTLS, which dramatically raised the percentage of encrypted messages.

symantec logo

Symantec folds nine Norton products into one service

A single product, Norton Security, can be used across Windows, OS X, Android and iOS.

PCWorld News

Chinese man indicted over theft of Boeing C-17 secrets

Su Bin is accused of working with two others to steal gigabytes of U.S. defense-related documents

PCWorld News

The biggest iPhone security risk could be connecting one to a computer

Design quirks allow malware to be installed on iOS devices and cookies to be plucked from Facebook and Gmail apps

PCWorld News

Internet outages expected to abate as routers are modified, rebooted

A flurry of updates to internal router databases caused many pieces of equipment to choke

malware

Malware is less concerned about virtual machines

Symantec finds most malware doesn't quit if it runs on VM, which used to be a sign it was being analyzed.

PCWorld News

Study finds firmware plagued by poor encryption and backdoors

Firmware within the 'Internet of Things' could pose opportunities for hackers, researchers find

PCWorld News

Emerging networking technology used by Apple, Cisco will frustrate firewalls

Multipath TCP improves performance but hampers security

ssl secure browser lock

Google Search starts penalizing websites that don't use encryption

The move is intended to promote better security practices across the Web

ssl lock internet

OpenSSL releases 9 software fixes amid post-Heartbleed security scrutiny

None of the problems are as bad as Heartbleed, but administrators are advised to patch

PCWorld News

US federal agencies halt background checks by contractor after cyberattack

US Investigations Services claimed the incident has the markings of a state-sponsored attack

PCWorld News

Symantec patches privilege escalation flaws in Endpoint Protection

Exploit code for the flaws was released Tuesday

PayPal

Researcher says PayPal's two-factor authentication is easily beaten

Joshua Rogers decided to go public with the information after notifying PayPal of the problem on June 5