Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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Malware alone didn't cause Ukraine power station outage

A new study of a cyberattack last month against Ukrainian power companies suggests malware didn't directly cause the outages that affected at least 80,000 customers.

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Russian group suspected to be linked to Ukraine power station cyberattack

A cyberattack that knocked out power in the Ukraine last month is believed to have been initiated by a hacking group with strong Russian interests.

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Android-powered smart TVs targeted by malicious apps

Smart TVs running older versions of Android are being targeted by several websites offering apps containing malware, according to Trend Micro.

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Malvertising campaign used a free certificate from Let's Encrypt

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of an organization that issues free digital certificates, sparking a disagreement over how to deal with such abuse.

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The next wave of cybercrime will come through your smart TV

Smart TVs are opening a new window of attack for cybercriminals, as their security defenses often lag far behind those of smartphones and desktop computers.

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New Chinese law takes aim at encryption

A new law passed by China's Parliament on Sunday requires technology companies to assist the government in decrypting content, a provision that the country maintains is modeled after Western law.

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Attackers hunt for tampered Juniper firewalls

An experiment by a cybersecurity research center shows attackers are trying to find Juniper firewalls that haven't been patched to remove unauthorized spying code.

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Cisco launches code review after Juniper's spyware disclosure

Cisco Systems has launched an internal code review following Juniper's disclosure last week of unauthorized spying code found in its enterprise firewall products.

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Juniper faces many questions after spying code planted in software

The discovery of spying code nestled deeply in Juniper's networking equipment, the latest example of a major IT vendor caught up in an damaging cyberattack, raises many questions.

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Juniper warns of backdoor spying code in firewalls

Juniper found spying code planted in certain models of its firewalls, an alarming discovery that echoes of state-sponsored tampering.

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Three men arrested for allegedly spamming tens of millions of people

Three men have been charged over a hacking scheme that allegedly collected tens of millions of personal records for use in spam campaigns.

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Google researchers find remote execution bug in FireEye appliances

Google researchers found a software flaw in several models of FireEye's security appliances which they say could give a cyberattacker full access to a company's network.

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Joomla patches critical remote execution bug

The open-source project behind the widely used Joomla content management system has issued a patch for a vulnerability that is now being widely used by hackers.

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Tor hires former EFF chief as executive director

A former Electronic Frontier Foundation executive director will lead the Tor Project, the widely used anonymity tool that frequently comes up in debates over encryption and privacy.


Companies scramble to fix lack of encryption on mobile apps

More than a dozen companies are failing to encrypt data payment card information transmitted from their mobile applications, putting users at a security risk.