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Security Fix: October 2, 2005 - October 8, 2005

At Least One 'Critical' Windows Patch Coming

It's that time of the month for systems administrators. Late this afternoon, Microsoft announced the security patches that it will make available on Tuesday -- also known as "Black Tuesday" to folks charged with keeping Windows PCs secure. This month's...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 6, 2005; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  New Patches  
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New Sober Spam

A number of virus-watcher Web sites are warning today that a new variant of the Sober worm has reared its head in e-mail inboxes worldwide. While this doesn't seem to be a serious threat to the savvy computer user (i.e.,...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 6, 2005; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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New Sober Spam

A number of virus-watcher Web sites are warning today that a new variant of the Sober worm has reared its head in e-mail inboxes worldwide. While this doesn't seem to be a serious threat to the savvy computer user (i.e.,...

By  |  October 6, 2005; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First PSP Virus ... Sort Of

Hot off the wires from Symantec PR comes a notice about the first virus discovered for Sony's PlayStation Portable. "Trojan.PSPBrick," Symantec says, is a low-level threat (only 1 on its 1-to-5 scale) that has not been confirmed to have infected...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 6, 2005; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Microsoft's Security Push Rolls On

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave a speech on the company's security goals in Munich today. Any attention paid to these issues by the company's leadership is always welcome at Security Fix. However, the plans Ballmer outlines focus on business markets,...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 6, 2005; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Would a Virus By Any Other Name Smell So Foul?

Found on Slashdot this afternoon: News of an initiative by veteran government contractor Mitre Corp. to standardize names for viruses. Under this "Common Malware Enumeration" scheme, viruses would be given simple alphanumeric identifiers; for instance, one group of variants of...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 5, 2005; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Firefox (Site) Hacked

Yesterday, Spread Firefox, a site that promotes the Mozilla Firefox Web browser, announced in an e-mail to its registered users that it had been hacked and would be temporarily offline. (A placeholder site occupies that address now.) How could that...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 5, 2005; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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New Virus Risk: Anti-Virus Software?

A story on the TechWeb news site today reports that Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software can be defeated if you feed it a specially malformed .cab file. (Microsoft uses .cab files -- that three-letter extension stands for "cabinet" -- to store...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 4, 2005; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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HP's Dubious Move to Netscape

Hello, I'm Rob Pegoraro and I'll be your Security Fix blogger today (and tomorrow). I'm covering for Brian Krebs, who's out on vacation this week. For now, I want to talk about one of my favorite topics -- how companies...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 4, 2005; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Fun With Your Credit Report

Last week I finally decided to take my own advice and go order my free annual credit reports from each of the three national credit bureaus. Staying on top of the information in your credit report is among the most...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 3, 2005; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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