Michael Kan

U.S. Correspondent

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

'Kill switch' helps slow the spread of WannaCry ransomware

Ransomware attack spreads worldwide using alleged NSA exploit

Ransomware attack spreads worldwide using alleged NSA exploit

A ransomware strain appears to be spreading worldwide, by leveraging a hacking tool that may have come from the U.S. National Security Agency.

Trump's cybersecurity order pushes U.S. government to the cloud

Trump's cybersecurity order pushes U.S. government to the cloud

President Trump has finally signed a long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity, which calls for the U.S. government to move to the cloud and modernize its IT infrastructure.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

Has your computer been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that can tell.

Hackers use old Stuxnet-related bug to carry out attacks

Hackers use old Stuxnet-related bug to carry out attacks

Users that run unpatched software beware. Hackers have been relying on an old software bug connected to the Stuxnet worm to carry out their attacks.

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