Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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


Lion passwords can be pilfered with new tool

A company that makes password recovery tools has released one that can snatch passwords from a locked or sleeping Mac running OS X Lion by plugging another computer into the Mac's FireWire port.

Researchers find dangerous vulnerability in Skype

A security consultant has notified Skype of a cross-site scripting flaw that could be used to change the password on someone's account.

Apple developing fixes for dangerous iOS vulnerabilities

Apple said on Thursday that it is developing a fix for vulnerabilities that affect its iPhone, iPad and some iPod touch models, a problem that the German government warned could be used to steal confidential data.

Key hole

Abine updates Firefox add-on to block Web tracking

The Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-out add-on can now stop Facebook's 'Like' button from appearing.

Cellcrypt releases encrypted voice call app for the iPhone

Cellcrypt released a version of its voice encryption software for Apple's iPhone on Tuesday, adding to its portfolio of software to prevent eavesdropping on calls.

Dropbox left document storage accounts open for four hours

Online storage service Dropbox accidentally turned off password authentication for its 25 million users for four hours on Monday.

Skype executives depart after Microsoft buyout

Eight Skype executives have departed the company following Microsoft's $8.5 billion buyout in May, a Skype spokeswoman confirmed on Monday.

Shazam wraps real-time lyrics feature into application

Shazam, the maker of an application that identifies the artist behind a song, said on Wednesday it has added a feature that shows scrolling lyrics as a tune is playing.

Skype sign-in problems knock millions offline

Millions of Skype users were having trouble on Tuesday signing into the application, less than two weeks after the company published Windows and Mac software updates to fix a similar problem.

Key hole

Researcher: Police increasingly peeping at e-mail, instant messages

Law enforcement organizations are making tens of thousands of requests for private electronic information from companies such as Sprint, Facebook and AOL, but few detailed statistics are available, according to a privacy researcher.

Internet compass

AT&T Facebook traffic takes a loop through China

Traffic destined for Facebook from AT&T's servers took a strange loop though China and South Korea on Tuesday, according to a security researcher.

Berlin court rules Street View doesn't invade privacy

Google won a civil lawsuit in Germany lodged by a woman who contended its roving camera cars that shoot photographs for Street View violated her privacy.

Google to add offline storage to Apps by year end

Google is working to restore offline storage capabilities for its Apps productivity software and should have it done by the end of the year, a senior company official says.

iPhone users complain of spring-ahead clock glitch

Some iPhone users in the U.S. are complaining their phone's clock did not correctly adjust to the daylight saving time change.

Android robot

Symantec finds fake Google Android update

Google's latest update for its Android mobile OS appears to already have been subverted by hackers, according to the security vendor Symantec.