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Security Fix: August 14, 2005 - August 20, 2005

Customs Crashed by Zotob

It's been all Zotob, all week. I'm thinking Zotob would make a great name for an anti-depressant. Maybe if it were a psychoactive happy drug, we'd all feel much better about the fact that this Internet worm disabled the computer...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 19, 2005; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Workaround for Unpatched IE Flaw

A few news outlets have called attention to an unpatched, critical flaw tied to Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser that could let bad guys take over vulnerable Windows machines if they browse a site controlled by potential attackers. The stories...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 18, 2005; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  New Patches  
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SoBig.F's Second Anniversary

Two years ago today, Internet users felt the brunt of a leap forward in virus-spreading technology as e-mail inboxes around the world were flooded with copies of "Sobig.F." At the time it was the single fastest-spreading virus ever -- Sobig.F...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 18, 2005; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Latest Worms Duke It Out

It appears that the numerous variants of the Zotob worm that have emerged over the past couple of days may have been salvos in a new worm war between rival online crime groups, according to analysis by Finnish antivirus company...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 17, 2005; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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As the Worm Turns

Since Sunday, when Security Fix first warned readers about the emergence of the Zotob worm, nearly a dozen variants have emerged, each slightly more dangerous or sneaky than the one before. Yesterday, it came to light that many companies, including...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 17, 2005; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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A Media Worm?

(Editor's note: For more information see this Post story by Brian Krebs and Mike Musgrove.) A number of media companies said today that their newsrooms were battling a new Internet worm that was taking advantage of a Windows security flaw...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 16, 2005; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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A Media Worm?

(Editor's note: For more information see this Post story by Brian Krebs and Mike Musgrove.) A number of media companies said today that their newsrooms were battling a new Internet worm that was taking advantage of a Windows security flaw...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 16, 2005; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Apple Update Fixes Multiple Mac OS X Security Holes

Apple has released a really huge update that fixes more than 40 security flaws present in its Mac OS X operating system. The patch bundle mends security holes that range from mildly scary to "extremely critical" in more than a...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 16, 2005; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Reason #4,643 To Just Say 'No' to Spam

Everyone knows it's a pain to clean out the spam from your e-mail inbox. And Security Fix's regular readers should know by now that spam poses a more insidious risk because many messages try to trick users into clicking on...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 16, 2005; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fraud  
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A Billion-Dollar Boondoggle?

Just spent a few minutes leafing through the latest edition of Consumer Reports, which this month features advice on helping people stay safe online. The magazine references a study saying that over the past two years, at-home computer users invested...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 15, 2005; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Worm Exploiting Microsoft Hole

A nasty new Internet worm is taking advantage of a five-day-old flaw in most recent versions of Windows. This is the same flaw Security Fix warned readers to hurry up and patch using an update Microsoft  released on Tuesday. The...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 14, 2005; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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