Michael Kan

U.S. Correspondent

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

Paying the WannaCry ransom will probably get you nothing. Here's why.

Old Windows PCs can stop WannaCry ransomware with new Microsoft patch

Old Windows PCs can stop WannaCry ransomware with new Microsoft patch

Users of old Windows systems can now download a patch to protect them from this week’s massive ransomware attack.

A 'kill switch' is slowing the spread of WannaCry ransomware

A 'kill switch' is slowing the spread of WannaCry ransomware

Friday’s unprecedented ransomware attack may have stopped spreading to new machines -- at least briefly -- thanks to a "kill switch" that a security researcher has activated.

HP rolls out patch to fix keylogging bug in certain laptops

HP rolls out patch to fix keylogging bug in certain laptops

Consumers with HP laptops that have been accidentally recording their keystrokes can easily address the problem with a patch from the PC maker.

Certain HP laptops are found recording users' keystrokes

Certain HP laptops are found recording users' keystrokes

Over two dozen HP laptop models may have secretly been recording users’ keystrokes by mistake, according to a Swiss security firm.

Here's how the sneaky Gmail phishing attack fooled victims with a fake Google Docs app

Here's how the sneaky Gmail phishing attack fooled victims with a 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.

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.

Hipchat resets user passwords after possible breach

Hipchat resets user passwords after possible breach

HipChat has reset all its users' passwords after what it called a security incident that may have exposed their names, email addresses and hashed password information.

Microsoft: Past patches address leaked NSA exploits

Microsoft: Past patches address leaked NSA exploits

Microsoft said its already patched vulnerabilities revealed in Friday’s high-profile leak of suspected U.S. National Security Agency spying tools, meaning customers will be protected if they’ve updated their software to latest version....

Leaked NSA exploits plant a bull's-eye on Windows Server

Leaked NSA exploits plant a bull's-eye on Windows Server

Friday’s release of suspected NSA spying tools is bad news for companies running Windows Server. The cyberweapons, which are now publicly available, can easily hack older versions of the OS.

New NSA leak may expose its bank spying, Windows exploits

New NSA leak may expose its bank spying, Windows exploits

A hacking group has released suspected U.S. government files that show the National Security Agency may have spied on banks across the Middle East.

How will future cars stay up-to-date? Make them open like a PC

How will future cars stay up-to-date? Make them open like a PC

The future may seem bright for the car. A whole host of technologies -- including self-driving systems – is set to reinvent the vehicle, and make it more computerized than ever.

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