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Security Fix: August 28, 2005 - September 3, 2005

Hurricane Katrina's E-Looters

Suspicious Web pages supposedly raising money for Gulf Coast relief efforts keep springing up about as fast as authorities can shut them down. The latest are www.hurricanekatrinapics.com, www.hurricanekatrinarelief.com and www.katrinadamage.com, all of which ask for Paypal donations but do not...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 2, 2005; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Katrina-Related Scams, Continued

I posted yesterday about several Web sites and online auctions that appeared to be taking advantage of the misery and destruction visited on Gulf Coast residents by Hurricane Katrina to earn a few bucks at the expense of otherwise legitimate...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 1, 2005; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Beware Free Credit Report Scams

At long last, those of us on the East Coast can finally order a free copy of our credit reports from each of the three major credit bureaus. The free credit reports were ordered by Congress two years ago when...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 1, 2005; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Katrina Phishing Scams Begin

It was bound to happen. On a hunch that we might see phishing scams popping up that take advantage of the terrible destruction that Hurricane Katrina has wrought on the Gulf Coast, I started looking up new Web address registrations...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 31, 2005; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Zeroing In on Mytob-Zotob Crime Ring

Just days after announcing arrests of two men suspected of authoring and releasing the Zotob and Mytob worms, authorities in Turkey say they have identified a dozen or more other people who may be connected with the release of the...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 30, 2005; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Another Critical IE Flaw Found

Security researchers are pointing out a newly reported security hole in Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser that  attackers could use to assume control over Windows PCs just by convincing users to visit a specially crafted Web page. Researcher Tom Ferris...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 30, 2005; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Hurricane Katrina Breaks Internet2 Link, But Performance Not Affected

The private, high-speed Internet2 network serving education and research institutions around the nation took a physical hit today as Hurricane Katrina began battering the Gulf Coast, but traffic speeds on the network remain largely unaffected for the time being (the...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 29, 2005; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Conversation With a Worm Author

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about an increasing number of hackers making money by using large groupings of hacked home computers -- or "bots" -- as massive install bases for spyware and adware, gleaning a commission for each...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 29, 2005; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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