Michael Kan

U.S. Correspondent

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

German firms will streamline online login with a European bent

German firms will streamline online login with a European bent

Several German firms are taking a stab at a single login process for accessing different online services -- an approach that could compete with U.S. offerings.

Patch to fix Intel-based PCs with enterprise bug rolls out this week

Patch to fix Intel-based PCs with enterprise bug rolls out this week

PC makers will roll out a patch this week that fixes a severe vulnerability found in certain Intel-based business systems making them easier to hack.

Email dump hits French candidate Macron ahead of election

Email dump hits French candidate Macron ahead of election

Another political campaign has been hit by an email dump. This time, the target is French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

Patch to fix Intel-based PCs with enterprise bug rolls out next week

Patch to fix Intel-based PCs with enterprise bug rolls out next week

Starting next week, PC makers will roll out a patch that fixes a severe vulnerability found in certain Intel-based business systems making them easier to hack.

The pitfalls of cybersecurity shopping: hype and shoddy products

The pitfalls of cybersecurity shopping: hype and shoddy products

Today's cybersecurity market is beset by vaporware, exaggerated marketing claims and shady sales tactics, security managers say.

Top tips for finding the right cybersecurity products

Top tips for finding the right cybersecurity products

Having trouble finding the right security products for your business? You’re not the only one. We asked experienced buyers for their tips.

Google Docs phishing attack underscores OAuth security risks

Google Docs phishing attack underscores OAuth security risks

Google has stopped Wednesday’s clever email phishing scheme, but the attack may very well make a comeback.

Google Docs phishing scam underscores OAuth security risks

Google Docs phishing scam underscores OAuth security risks

Google has stopped Wednesday’s clever email phishing scheme, but the attack may very well make a comeback.

Sneaky Gmail phishing attack fools with fake Google Docs app

Sneaky Gmail phishing attack fools with fake Google Docs app

Google Docs was pulled into a sneaky email phishing attack that was designed to trick users into giving up access to their Gmail accounts.

Sneaky Gmail phishing attack fools with fake Google Docs app

Sneaky Gmail phishing attack fools with fake Google Docs app

Google Docs was pulled into a sneaky email phishing attack on Tuesday that was designed to trick users into giving up access to their Gmail accounts.

China will attempt to keep IT products spy-free with security checks

China will attempt to keep IT products spy-free with security checks

China will start carrying out security checks for IT vendors in the country that intend to keep out internet and networking services vulnerable to spying and hacking risks.

Vulnerability hits Intel enterprise PCs going back 10 years

Vulnerability hits Intel enterprise PCs going back 10 years

Intel is reporting a firmware vulnerability that could let attackers take over remote management functions on computers built over the past decade.

Vulnerability hits Intel enterprise PCs going back 10 years

Vulnerability hits Intel enterprise PCs going back 10 years

Intel is reporting a firmware vulnerability that could let attackers take over remote management functions on computers built over the past decade.

Trump seeks to upgrade US government IT services

Trump seeks to upgrade US government IT services

President Trump is launching a special council to upgrade the U.S. government’s IT services. “Americans deserve better digital services from their government,” the executive order, released on Monday, said.

NSA ends surveillance tactic that pulled in citizens' emails, texts

NSA ends surveillance tactic that pulled in citizens' emails, texts

The U.S. National Security Agency will no longer sift through emails, texts and other internet communications from U.S. citizens that mention foreign targets under surveillance.

NSA ends surveillance tactic that pulled in citizens' emails, texts

NSA ends surveillance tactic that pulled in citizens' emails, texts

The U.S. National Security Agency will no longer sift through emails, texts and other internet communications from U.S. citizens that mention foreign targets under surveillance.

Google's Chrome will soon start warning you more about HTTP pages

Google's Chrome will soon start warning you more about HTTP pages

A Google effort to push websites to implement encryption is expanding. Starting in October, the company will flag even more HTTP connections as insecure in its Chrome browser.

Ransomware attacks are taking a bigger toll on victims' wallets

Ransomware attacks are taking a bigger toll on victims' wallets

Hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average ransom demand to free computers hit with the notorious infection rose to $,1077, up from $294 the year before, according to cybersecurity firm Symantec.

Ransomware attacks are taking a greater toll on victim's wallets

Ransomware attacks are taking a greater toll on victim's wallets

The hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average fee to free computers hit with the notorious infection rose to $1077, up from $294 the year before, according to security firm Symantec.

Old Windows Server machines can still fend off hacks. Here's how

Old Windows Server machines can still fend off hacks. Here's how

Keeping a computer up to date, with the latest OS and software patch, is one of the best things you can do to stay safe from cyber threats.

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