Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Privacy add-ons merged to create powerful tool

A browser extension for Firefox has been combined with a set of privacy applications that give users more control over their personal information.

AT&T apologizes, blames hackers for iPad e-mail breach

AT&T issued an apology on Sunday for a hack that exposed thousands of e-mail addresses of iPad customers last week and vowed to work with law enforcement.

Adult Web sites lure cybercrime victims

Porn surfers are likely to have out-of-date software that can be exploited, making those users an attractive target for cybecriminals, according to a new study.

HP enables remote printing via an e-mail address

HP's forthcoming printers costing more than US$99 will let users print remotely using their mobile phones and other wireless devices.

Google rejects German request for Wi-Fi data

Google rebuffed a request from German data protection officials to hand over data it mistakenly collected as part of its Street View imagery.

Browser add-on blocks Google Analytics

Google has released an add-on for Web browsers that blocks information from being sent to its Analytics service.

Germany launches criminal investigation of Google

German prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation over whether Google broke data protection regulations when it collected fragments of Wi-Fi data.

Microsoft rolls out Hotmail enhancements

Microsoft is set to begin rolling out the latest enhancements to its Hotmail Web mail service with an aim to reduce clutter.

iPhone mobile payments trial to begin soon

Visa has partnered with a company that has made a special case the iPhone that enables contactless payments, with trials expected to begin soon.

Europe chastises Facebook over default privacy settings

Facebook has made "unacceptable" changes to its privacy settings that are detrimental to users, a coalition of European data protection officials warned.

Firefox aims to make IE, Safari browsing more secure

Mozilla has expanded a service that checks a browser's plugins to now scan Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, and Chrome in addition to its own Firefox.

Browser add-on aims to foil Google data collection

A computer security researcher has launched a project designed to provide people greater privacy when using Google.

Malicious Facebook ad redirects to fake antivirus software

A malicious advertisement has been found within an application for Facebook that redirects users to fake antivirus software, according to a security researcher.

Panda discovers malware on HTC Magic phone

Security vendor Panda came across a new HTC Magic phone that had three malware programs already on it.

Password application gives wrong info to fraudsters

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute is selling a mobile phone application that offers a unique feature over other password-storage applications.