Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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


5 things you need to know about SSL

Here's a quick and dirty guide to SSL/TLS, one of the most important technologies for securing data on the Internet.

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Vehicles 'increasingly vulnerable' to hacking, FBI warns

The FBI and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned on Thursday that the rising use of computers in vehicles poses increasing risks of cyberattacks.

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New Stagefright exploit puts millions of Android devices at risk

Millions of Android devices are at risk yet again after researchers found a new way to exploit an older vulnerability that was previously patched by Google.


TeslaCrypt ransomware now impossible to crack, researchers say

The latest version of the TeslaCrypt ransomware has tidied up a weakness in previous versions that in some cases allowed victims to recover their files without paying a ransom.

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Large advertising-based cyberattack hit BBC, New York Times, MSN

Major websites including the BBC, Newsweek, the New York Times and MSN ran malicious online advertisements on Sunday that attacked users' computers, a campaign that one expert said was the largest seen in two years.


Top websites served out malicious ads harboring the Angler exploit kit

Tens of thousands of Web browsers may have been exposed to ransomware and other malware over the last few days after malicious advertisements appeared on high-profile websites.

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Google doubles its bounty for a Chromebook hack to $100,000

Google doubled the bounty it will pay for a successful exploit of its Chromebook laptop to US$100,000, sweetening the pot in hopes of drawing more attention from security researchers.

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Patch closes security hole in commonly used messaging encryption tool

A patch has been released for a component that enables chats in several instant messaging clients to be encrypted.

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Locky ransomware activity ticks up

Locky, a new family of ransomware that emerged in the last few weeks, has quickly made a mark for itself.

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Experts say 'chip off' procedure to access terrorist's iPhone is risky

The iPhone 5c at the center of the legal battle between Apple and the FBI might be accessible through a delicate hardware technique, but experts warn it would be difficult.

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Encryption project issues 1 million free digital certificates in three months

Let's Encrypt, an organization set up to encourage broader use of encryption on the Web, has distributed 1 million free digital certificates in just three months.

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Google patches remote execution flaws in Android

Google has released 16 patches for Android, including one for a critical remote execution vulnerability in the operating system's mediaserver.

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Apple shuts down first-ever ransomware attack against Mac users

With the help of security researchers, Apple over the weekend quickly blocked a cyberattack aimed at infecting Mac users with file-encrypting malware known as ransomware.


Here's the password you should never use for an RDP system

A year-long experiment that baited hackers to try and break into systems netted an interesting result: a single letter, x, was one of the most common password guesses.


Malicious, malware-peddling ad campaigns are becoming trickier to detect

Jerome Segura, a senior security researcher with Malwarebytes, was recently stumped by a cyberattack he was studying. It seemed to keep vanishing.