Michael Kan

U.S. Correspondent

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

Old Windows Server machines can still fend off hacks. Here's how

There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

Has your computer been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that can tell.

Hackers use old Stuxnet-related bug to carry out attacks

Hackers use old Stuxnet-related bug to carry out attacks

Users that run unpatched software beware. Hackers have been relying on an old software bug connected to the Stuxnet worm to carry out their attacks.

Suspected CIA spying tools linked to hacks in 16 countries

Suspected CIA spying tools linked to hacks in 16 countries

The suspected CIA spying tools that WikiLeaks has dumped have been linked to hacking attempts on at least 40 targets in 16 countries, according to security firm Symantec.

The iCloud hackers' bitcoin ransom looks like a fake

The iCloud hackers' bitcoin ransom looks like a fake

A group of hackers who claimed to hold millions of iCloud accounts for ransom said it had been paid. But one bitcoin expert says that's bogus.

WikiLeaks: CIA used bits of Carberp Trojan code for malware deployment

WikiLeaks: CIA used bits of Carberp Trojan code for malware deployment

When the source code to suspected Russian-made malware leaked online in 2013, guess who used it? A new release from WikiLeaks claims the CIA borrowed some of the code to bolster its own hacking operations.

U.S. may expand laptop ban to more airports

U.S. may expand laptop ban to more airports

The U.S. might add other airports to its ban restricting passengers from bringing laptops on board certain flights from the Middle East.

Amazon to refund parents over kids' in-app purchases, says FTC

Amazon to refund parents over kids' in-app purchases, says FTC

Parents with children who ran up bills, sometimes huge, through in-app purchases stand to get some or all of that money back. Amazon could have to hand out more than $70 million in refunds to affected consumers, according to the U.S....

Chinese hackers go after third-party IT suppliers to steal data

Chinese hackers go after third-party IT suppliers to steal data

Companies that choose to outsource their IT operations should be careful. Suspected Chinese hackers have been hitting businesses by breaching their third-party IT service providers.

Notorious iOS spyware, Pegasus, has an Android sibling

Notorious iOS spyware, Pegasus, has an Android sibling

Security researchers have uncovered the Android version of an iOS spyware known as Pegasus in a case that shows how targeted electronic surveillance can be.

Banking hackers left clue that may link them to North Korea

Banking hackers left clue that may link them to North Korea

The notorious hackers behind a string of banking heists have left behind a clue that reveals a long-suspected link to North Korea, according to security researchers.

Latest WikiLeaks dump exposes CIA methods to mask malware

Latest WikiLeaks dump exposes CIA methods to mask malware

WikiLeaks may have dealt another blow to the CIA’s hacking operations by releasing files that allegedly show how the agency was masking its malware attacks.

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