Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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


Australian police raid alleged bitcoin creator's home

The Australian Federal Police raided the Sydney home on Wednesday of an academic fingered by two technology publications of possibly being the programmer behind the virtual currency bitcoin.

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UK paper The Independent delivered ransomware instead of news

A major UK newspaper is cleaning up its website after a criminals tried to deliver ransomware to thousands of its readers.


Mozilla kills Firefox OS, bowing out of mobile race

Mozilla has ended its ambitious entry into the smartphone race, saying Tuesday it will no longer support its Firefox OS.

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Former Secret Service agent sentenced for corruption in Silk Road investigation

A former Secret Service agent was sentenced Monday to 71 months in prison for stealing bitcoins from vendors on the Silk Road, the now-shuttered underground marketplace he was investigating.

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Iran-based hackers may be tracking dissidents and activists, Symantec says

Hackers based in Iran have been using malware to spy on individuals, including potentially dissidents and activists in the country, according to new research from Symantec.

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Microsoft to open source Edge browser's Chakra JavaScript engine

Microsoft says it will open up its Chakra JavaScript engine as an open-source project on GitHub next month.

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New payment card malware hard to detect and remove

FireEye says it has discovered a type of malware designed to steal payment card data that can be very difficult to detect and remove.

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Millions of smart TVs, phones and routers at risk from old vulnerability

A three-year-old vulnerability in a software component used in millions of smart TVs, routers and phones still hasn't been patched by many vendors, posing a risk, according to Trend Micro.

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Microsoft teams with law enforcement to disrupt Dorkbot botnet

Microsoft said Thursday it aided law enforcement agencies in several regions to disrupt a four-year-old botnet called Dorkbot, which has infected one million computers worldwide.


Let's Encrypt free digital certificate project opens doors for public beta

Let's Encrypt, the project offering free digital certificates for websites, is now issuing them more broadly with the launch of a public beta on Thursday.

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Snowden-endorsed encrypted messaging app Signal comes to your browser

The much-lauded encryption app Signal has launched a beta program for a desktop version of the app.

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US, China take first steps toward cybersecurity cooperation

The U.S. and China have reached an agreement on how to begin cooperating on cybersecurity, an issue that has caused high tension between the two nations over the last few years.

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Ransomware and scammy tech support sites team up for a vicious one-two punch

Symantec has seen a curious fusing of two pernicious online threats, which could cause a big headache if encountered by users.

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Toy maker VTech says breach hit 6.4 million kids' accounts

Educational toy maker VTech said Wednesday that 11.6 million accounts were affected by a mid-November cyberattack, including those of 6.4 million kids

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Flaws in Huawei WiMax routers won't be fixed, researcher says

Huawei isn't planning on patching several flaws in seven models of WiMax routers that are not being supported anymore by the company, according to a security researcher.