Michael Kan

U.S. Correspondent

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

The WannaCry ransomware might have a link to North Korea

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

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

Last Friday’s massive WannaCry ransomware attack means victims around the world are facing a tough question: Should they pay the ransom? Those who do shouldn't expect a quick response -- or any response at all. Even after payment, the...

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.

A ransomware attack is spreading worldwide, using alleged NSA exploit

A ransomware attack is spreading 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.

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.

Trump pushes US government to the cloud with cybersecurity order

Trump pushes US government to the cloud with cybersecurity order

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.

New IoT malware targets 100,000 IP cameras via known flaw

New IoT malware targets 100,000 IP cameras via known flaw

Over 100,000 internet-connected cameras may be falling prey to a new IoT malware that’s spreading through recently disclosed vulnerabilities in the products.

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 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.

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