Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Activists allege Facebook dragging its feet on privacy changes

Privacy activists are alleging Facebook hasn't met a deadline set by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to make changes to its privacy controls.

Apple to offer refund over Australian 4G iPad claims

Apple will offer refunds to people who bought its latest iPad following a claim by Australia's competition regulator that it ran misleading advertisements regarding the tablet's 4G support--which doesn't work with Australia's carriers.

Soon after release, latest iPad model is jailbroken

Hackers claimed to have figured out a way to bypass Apple's technical restrictions and install unauthorized applications on the company's latest iPad after its Friday release.

IDC: China to pass U.S. in smartphone shipments in 2012

China will surpass the U.S. in smartphone shipments this year, a title which the U.S. is never expected to regain, according to market figures released on Thursday by IDC.

Dropbox's URL shortener abused by spammers

Spammers are abusing a Dropbox feature that lets users share a shortened link, directing people to websites selling questionable pharmaceuticals, Symantec says.

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Flashback malware for Mac changes infection tactic

A new variant of the password-stealing Flashback malware aimed at Apple computers has emerged, which tries to install itself after a user visits an infected itself after a user visits an infected website.

Adobe issues out-of-band updates for Flash

Adobe issued patches on Monday for two critical vulnerabilities in its Flash player found by employees of Google's Security Team.