Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Facebook, researchers turn up heat on Koobface gang

Security researchers are worried that the alleged Russia-based authors of Koobface, a piece of malicious software that plagued social networking sites such as Facebook, may slip away before law enforcement can catch them.

Symantec acquires LiveOffice cloud-based archiving company

Symantec has acquired LiveOffice, a provider of cloud-based data archiving and storage, for $115 million, the companies announced Monday.

Android, iOS gain while RIM slides in the U.S.

Apple's iOS gained market share in late 2011, while Research in Motion saw the biggest decline of five platforms ranked by comScore.

AdBlock Plus defends decision to allow some ads

The developers of AdBlock Plus, an extension for Firefox that blocks advertising on websites, are trying to contain a brewing controversy over their decision to allow some non-flashy ads to be displayed by default.

Symantec: Spam levels fall to lowest in three years

Global spam fell to the lowest level in three years in a sign that spammers may be getting a better rate of return by hitting social-media websites instead, security firm Symantec says.

Facebook denies vulnerability, then quietly fixes it

Facebook has apparently fixed a vulnerability in its social-networking site after insisting it wasn't a weakness and didn't need to be remedied.

Nokia unveils first Windows phones

Nokia unveiled on Wednesday four new phones intended for developing markets as well as the company's first two smartphones running the Windows Phone operating system.

Apple retaliates with suit against Samsung in the UK

Apple confirmed on Thursday that it filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the U.K.'s High Court earlier in the week, as the two technology giants continue a legal tit-for-tat over their mobile offerings.

Zero-day vulnerability found in a WordPress image utility

Hackers are exploiting a problem with an image-resizing utility called TimThumb that is widely used in many themes for the blogging platform WordPress. Some fixes have been made to the latest version.

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.

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.