Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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Android root malware widespread in third-party app stores

Four third-party app stores for Android have apps with a malicious component that seeks root access to the device, according to Trend Micro.

Poseidon hacker group behind long-running extortion scheme

Kaspersky Lab has linked a single group to a long-known campaign of cyberattacks that appears to be aimed at extorting corporate victims.

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Google will stop accepting new Flash ads on June 30

Google is taking another step away from Flash, Adobe Systems' multimedia program widely criticized for its frequent security vulnerabilities.

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Flaws found in thermostats underscore smart device security risks, Cisco says

Cisco warned on Monday of serious flaws it found in an Internet-connected thermostat control, which it said are typical among products of vendors who aren't well-versed in network security.

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US government wants to sharply increase spending on cybersecurity

President Barack Obama is proposing a sharp increase in the fiscal 2017 budget on cybersecurity spending, which is aimed at improving dated government software and promoting better Internet security for consumers.


Crafty exploit kit secretly avoids Linux PCs to thwart security researchers

The developers of the Neutrino exploit kit have added a new feature intended to thwart security researchers from studying their attacks.

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Security camera riddled with flaws that let attackers hack your video and your network

An in-depth analysis of yet another Internet-connected security camera has revealed a host of software problems.

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Comodo will fix major flaw in knock-off Chrome browser

Comodo said it is planning to release on update on Wednesday that fixes a severe vulnerability in a custom web browser it developed and markets as enhancing users' security.

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Custom Web browser from Comodo poses severe security threat, researcher says

A customized version of Google's Chrome browser developed by security vendor Comodo has a jaw-dropping flaw, according to a researcher.

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Malwarebytes still fixing flaws in antivirus software

Malwarebytes said it may take three to four weeks to fix flaws in its consumer product found by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy.

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FireEye acquires Invotas for faster incident response

FireEye said Monday it has acquired Invotas, a company that develops a platform that helps administrators respond faster to security incidents.

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Harvard study refutes 'going dark' argument against encryption

A study from Harvard released Monday largely refutes claims that wider use of encryption in software products will hamper investigations into terrorism and crime.

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LG patches data theft bug affecting millions of Android phones

LG has patched a security flaw in an application preinstalled on millions of its Android G3 smartphones that researchers found could be used to steal a variety of data.

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OpenSSL patches a severe, but not widespread problem

The OpenSSL project has patched a problem in the cryptographic library but one that likely does not affect many popular applications.

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Google's VirusTotal now identifies suspicious firmware

Google's VirusTotal service has added a new tool that analyzes firmware, the low-level code that bridges a computer's hardware and operating system at startup.