Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

RIM to launch LTE, HSPA+ PlayBook tablets by year-end

Research In Motion (RIM) announced plans for two new versions of its PlayBook tablet at the World Mobile Congress on Monday -- although it hasn't even begun selling the two models it has already announced.

US indicts 27 in Apple product credit-card fraud ring

New York prosecutors indicted 27 people on Wednesday as part of a crime ring that bought Apple iPods, iPads and other products with stolen credit card information for resale in the criminal underground.

US peer-to-peer traffic lower than world average

The U.S. has one of the lowest relative rates of use of P-to-P (peer-to-peer) networks compared to the rest of the world, according to a new study.

Twitter targeted with fake antivirus software scam

Twitter has been resetting passwords for accounts that started distributing links promoting fake antivirus software.

Google enhances e-mail security in Apps

Google has taken a step to stop legitimate e-mail messages sent by its Apps customers from getting caught in spam filters.

FarmVille developer Zynga buys social browser Flock

Zynga, the company behind popular Facebook games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars, has acquired Flock, which develops a Web browser fine-tuned for real-time social networking data feeds.

Firefox becomes most-used browser in Europe

Firefox was the most-used browser in Europe in December, edging out Microsoft's Internet Explorer for the first time, according to new data released by the Web...

After hack, Gawker CTO outlines security changes

Gawker Media's CTO has outlined a series of security changes to the company's IT operations following an attack last week that compromised up to 1.4M accounts.

Gawker Media hacked, warns users to change passwords

E-mail addresses and password details for 200,000 registered users of Gawker Media Websites are now circulating on peer-to-peer networks after a weekend hack.

Fake receipt program targets Amazon retailers

Amazon retailers are being targeted by fraudsters who have created a custom-built a program that generates fakes receipts for nonexistent orders.

Researcher: iPhone's Safari dials calls without warning

A security researcher contends that Apple has made a poor security decision by allowing its Safari browser to honor requests from third-party applications to perform actions such as making a phone call without warning a user.

German Street View error lets iPhone users see hidden images

Google is facing fresh complaints over Street View in Germany, after technical problems caused some properties to be visible rather than blurred.

Street View goes live in Germany with blurred images

Google gingerly launched a select set of Street View images for Germany on Tuesday, a country where it has faced some of the most fierce opposition.

Google adds phishing URL alerts into network tool

Google has added notification for phishing URLs to its service that lets administrators know if their network has been compromised.

Twitter contains second worm in a week

Twitter was hit with a second worm over the weekend but again quickly fixed the vulnerability.