Jeremy Kirk

Australia Correspondent

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

With few options, companies increasingly yield to ransomware demands

Server software poses soft target for ransomware

Server software poses soft target for ransomware

An alternate method for infecting computers with ransomware signals a shift in tactics by cybercriminals that could put businesses at greater risk, according to Symantec.

WhatsApp turns on end-to-end encryption

WhatsApp turns on end-to-end encryption

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has strengthened the encryption of its widely used instant messaging app, a development that in theory makes it harder for law enforcement to gain access to communications.

Trump Hotels investigating possible payment card breach

Trump Hotels investigating possible payment card breach

The Trump Hotel Collection said on Monday it is working with the Secret Service and FBI to investigate a payment card breach, its second one in less than a year.

MedStar Health partially restores services after suspected ransomware attack

MedStar Health partially restores services after suspected ransomware attack

MedStar Health said Wednesday it is restoring its computer systems following a cyberattack that reportedly involved file-encrypting malware.

CNBC just collected your password and shared it with marketers

CNBC just collected your password and shared it with marketers

CNBC inadvertently exposed peoples' passwords after it ran an article Tuesday that ironically was intended to promote secure password practices.

Large US healthcare provider's network shut down by malware

Large US healthcare provider's network shut down by malware

A large health care provider in the Washington, D.C., area said it has resorted to using paper transactions after malware crippled part of its network early Monday.

FireEye says hackers are racing to compromise POS systems

FireEye says hackers are racing to compromise POS systems

Cybercriminals are redoubling efforts to steal payment card details from retailers before new defenses are put in place, according to FireEye.

The Syrian Electronic Army was careless with Gmail, Facebook

The Syrian Electronic Army was careless with Gmail, Facebook

Three men who allegedly were part of a multi-year hacking campaign with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) left a long digital trail that didn't make them hard to identify, according to court documents.

Tor Project says it can quickly catch spying code

Tor Project says it can quickly catch spying code

The Tor Project is fortifying its software so that it can quickly detect if its network is tampered with for surveillance purposes, a top developer for the volunteer project wrote on Monday.

Researchers find flaw in Apple's iMessage, decrypt iCloud photo

Researchers find flaw in Apple's iMessage, decrypt iCloud photo

Apple's iMessage system has a cryptography flaw that allowed researchers to decrypt a photo stored in iCloud, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

5 things you need to know about SSL

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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