Stories by Gregg Keizer

As sales deadline approaches, OEMs continue to push Windows 7 PCs to consumers

By Gregg Keizer | 21 August, 2014 20:49

With a Microsoft-mandated deadline a little more than two months away, computer makers are still selling PCs equipped with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Update: Microsoft pulls crippling patch from Windows Update

By Gregg Keizer | 18 August, 2014 23:34

Although Microsoft has pulled a patch from Windows Update that crippled some computers, it is still pushing a truncated version of the security update that contained the flawed fix.

Microsoft postpones IE's Java blocking after IT complains

By Gregg Keizer | 14 August, 2014 04:00

Microsoft has postponed the implementation of Java blocking within Internet Explorer and will give customers a little less than a month to deal with the unexpected change.

Feds declare big win over Cryptolocker ransomware

By Gregg Keizer | 15 July, 2014 23:55

A status update filed in Pennsylvania by the U.S. Department of Justice said that both the Gameover Zeus botnet and Cryptolocker 'remained neutralized.'

How to sign up for Microsoft's restored security alert email service

By Gregg Keizer | 15 July, 2014 00:26

Microsoft has restored service to its security advisory mailing list, but it has buried the sign-up form and made it hard to find.

Chinese hackers switched targets to U.S. experts on Iraq

By Gregg Keizer | 08 July, 2014 17:39

A sophisticated Chinese hacker group that had been stealing information from U.S. policy experts on Southeast Asia suddenly changed targets last month to focus on Iraq, security researchers said Monday.

Apple patches iOS, OS X and Safari on Mega Monday

By Gregg Keizer | 01 July, 2014 21:27

Apple on Monday updated both OS X and iOS, patching 19 security vulnerabilities in the former and 44 in the latter.

Microsoft promises Windows Phone 'kill-switch' by July 2015

By Gregg Keizer | 20 June, 2014 03:55

Microsoft today spelled out the "kill-switch" deterrents it will add to the Windows Phone mobile operating system, and said it would meet a July 2015 deadline for making stolen smartphones useless.

RSS service Feedly vows to resist DDoS extortionists

By Gregg Keizer | 12 June, 2014 01:44

RSS aggregator Feedly today vowed not to give in to an extortion demand backed by a distributed-denial-of service attack that knocked its site offline eary Wednesday.

Massive botnet takedown stops spread of Cryptolocker ransomware

By Gregg Keizer | 06 June, 2014 05:07

The takedown earlier this week of a major malware-spewing botnet has crippled the distribution of Cryptolocker, one of the world's most sophisticated examples of ransomware.

China escalates rhetoric in campaign to ban Windows 8

By Gregg Keizer | 05 June, 2014 05:48

China's state-run television today took new shots at Microsoft's Windows 8, using a two-and-a-half-minute segment on a national show to blast the OS as a data thief.

Google pulls trigger, cripples some Chrome add-ons

By Gregg Keizer | 31 May, 2014 04:11

Google is moving ahead with plans to aggressively lock down its Chrome browser by disabling most add-ons not installed from its curated app store and banning plug-ins built to a decades-old standard.

Windows XP hack resurrects patches for retired OS

By Gregg Keizer | 28 May, 2014 21:01

A simple hack of Windows XP tricks Microsoft's update service into delivering patches intended for a close cousin of the aged OS, potentially extending support for some components until 2019, a security researcher confirmed today.

eBay finally prompts users to change passwords after huge data breach

By Gregg Keizer | 24 May, 2014 01:27

eBay on Friday put a notice on its home page urging users to change their passwords after security experts criticized it for failing to promptly alert customers about a massive break-in and data theft.

China retaliates, nixes Windows 8 on government PCs

By Gregg Keizer | 21 May, 2014 00:41

China has banned the use of Windows 8 on government computers, a move officials there claimed was a reaction to the end of Windows XP's support.

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