Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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


Cryptowall ransomware revenue may flow to one group

Just one cybercriminal group may be collecting the revenue from Cryptowall 3.0, a malicious program that infects computers, encrypts files and demands a ransom, according to a new study.

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Windows users often forget to patch their Apple programs

A survey of applications installed on Windows computers found many people don't run up-to-date versions of Apple programs.

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Iranian hackers show strong interest in Android spying tools

Iranian hackers are showing a strong interest in malware that can secretly pull data from Android devices, which are popular in the Middle East.

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UK arrests teenager in connection with TalkTalk hack

U.K. police arrested a 15-year-old boy in Northern Ireland on Monday in connection with the data breach at TalkTalk, as the broadband and phone provider faces growing criticism over its handling of the incident.

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Despite takedown, the Dridex botnet is running again

Spam emails containing the Dridex malware are being seen almost daily despite the arrest of one of its key operators in August.

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Australia goes hi-tech to tame shark attack fears

Australia is investigating hi-tech solutions to prevent shark attacks, which are rare but highly publicized events in a water-loving country.

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MacKeeper buyers ask for refunds in droves following lawsuit

Tens of thousands of people who bought MacKeeper have filed for refunds as part of a proposed class-action settlement against the application's former developer.

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Joomla releases patch for serious SQLi flaw

Joomla, a popular content management system, released patches on Thursday for a vulnerability that can allow an attacker to get full administrative access to a website.


Computer clocks can be easily scrambled, undermining encryption and bitcoin trades

Researchers from Boston University said on Wednesday they've found several flaws in NTP that could undermine encrypted communications and even jam up bitcoin transactions.

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Microsoft to pay up to $15K for bugs in two Visual Studio tools

Microsoft has started a three-month bug bounty program for two tools that are part of Visual Studio 2015.

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Synack builds intel platform for its penetration testers

Synack, a security company uses crowdsourcing for penetration testing, has built an intelligence platform that it says will narrow down weak points in a company's network.

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Google and Yahoo tighten spam filtering

Google and Yahoo are expanding their use of a successful system used to detect spam.

Magento says compromised sites haven't patched older vulnerabilities

Magento said Tuesday there does not appear to be a new vulnerability in its e-commerce platform that is causing some websites to become infected with the Neutrino exploit kit.

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Is it still possible to do phone phreaking? Yes, with Android on LTE

In the 1960s and 70s, technically savvy enthusiasts sought to game telecommunications systems to make free calls, keeping telecom engineers on their toes.

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Facebook warns users of potential state-sponsored attacks

Facebook will now warn people if it has a strong suspicion an account is being targeted by a nation-state.