Stories by Liam Tung

Google details Knox-inspired enterprise ‘managed profiles’ for Android L

By Liam Tung | 23 July, 2014 09:21

Google and Samsung have clarified that Knox features destined for Android L won’t include the best parts of the Korean company’s enterprise security features for Android.

Microsoft finds US public supports its fight against US warrant for offshore email

By Liam Tung | 17 July, 2014 09:20

A new survey commissioned by Microsoft has found that most Americans agree with the reasons it's resisting a US warrant for it to cough up emails stored in its Irish data centre.

Apple responds to China’s claim iPhone is a ‘national security threat’

By Liam Tung | 14 July, 2014 09:10

Apple has issued a cautious rebuttal to claims in a Chinese state media report that the iPhone is a national security threat due to a feature that keeps tabs on frequently visited locations.

Windows users exposed to fraudulent Yahoo and Google sites

By Liam Tung | 11 July, 2014 09:27

Microsoft has removed trust for digital certificates issued by an Indian government agency that exposed Windows users to man-in-the-middle attacks through fake Google and Yahoo domains.

Microsoft settles with No-IP after disrupting its business in botnet action

By Liam Tung | 10 July, 2014 09:27

Microsoft has settled a claim against No-IP, the dynamic domain name service which suffered a major disruption in late June when it was caught in Microsoft’s tenth malware takedown effort.

Google catches India with fake certificates, invokes controversial ‘CRLSets’

By Liam Tung | 09 July, 2014 08:24 | 1 Comment

Google has caught and blocked unauthorised digital certificates for several Google domains that were issued by a unit in India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Hacked - like many smart things, light bulbs can be hacked too

By Liam Tung | 08 July, 2014 08:49 | 1 Comment

If you were only concerned that smart home gear could expose your private information, you can add another worry to you list: smart vendors that leave holes for hackers to exploit the equipment too.

After Microsoft seizure, No-IP regains all 23 domains

By Liam Tung | 04 July, 2014 09:19 | 1 Comment

No-IP, the dynamic DNS provider that was subject to Microsoft’s court-ordered domain seizure, regained control of all property it lost to a Redmond sinkhole on Monday.

Goldman Sachs wants Google to delete a confidential misaddressed email

By Liam Tung | 03 July, 2014 08:56 | 1 Comment

Investment bank Goldman Sachs is scrambling to retrieve a sensitive email that an IT contractor accidentally sent to an unintended Gmail account -- and it’s suing Google to get the job done.

PayPal glitch caused ‘freeze’ on anti-spy ProtonMail’s fundraising account

By Liam Tung | 02 July, 2014 07:23

PayPal caused a storm on Tuesday after freezing, albeit temporarily, the crowd-funding account of anti-government snooping email startup, ProtonMail — but PayPal says it was just a technical problem.

Google fixes Drive bug that sent document links to HTTPS site admins

By Liam Tung | 30 June, 2014 08:03

Google has fixed a security glitch in Drive that sent the URL of certain collaboration documents to admins of third-party sites but while the problem's solved for newly created documents, users will have to manually remedy the issue for existing documents.

NSA spying fallout: Germany cancels major Verizon network deal

By Liam Tung | 27 June, 2014 07:30 | 1 Comment

A canned Verizon deal in Germany is the first concrete evidence that US cloud and telecoms providers’ fears are on the mark: the exposure of US surveillance will harm their international business.

Cupid escapes fine over stolen list of ’42 million’ plaintext passwords

By Liam Tung | 26 June, 2014 07:46

Australian niche dating site operator Cupid Media has escaped a fine from Australia’s privacy watchdog over a breach that exposed over 40 million users unscrambled passwords.

OpenSSL forked again as Google announces 'BoringSSL'

By Liam Tung | 23 June, 2014 09:19

Google has published its own fork of the widely used crypto library OpenSSL to support its own products and infrastructure.

An iOS keylogger and crypto-ransomware you shouldn't be afraid of yet

By Liam Tung | 19 June, 2014 10:04

Security vendors are often accused of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) in the name of software sales. But occasionally they also hose down overstated claims by malware authors.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.