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Security Fix: October 30, 2005 - November 5, 2005

The Botnet-Spyware Love Affair

Wired and other news outlets are reporting that the FBI has arrested a 20-year-old Los Angeles man on charges that he used viruses to take control over 400,000 computers and use them as a giant install base for spyware.  The...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 4, 2005; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Critical Windows Patch Coming Next Week

Microsoft will release just one software update next week to plug a critical flaw in computers running its Windows operating system, the company said today. Redmond rates patches "critical" if they close a security hole that attackers could use to...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 3, 2005; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Consumer Group Asks FTC To Sue Spyware Company

A pair of consumer groups today filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau urging the agencies to consider filing civil lawsuits against Integrated Search Technologies (IST), easily one of the most egregious spyware...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 3, 2005; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Microsoft Calls for National Privacy Law

Microsoft Corp. today called on Congress to enact a new federal privacy law, a move that is sure to prompt lawmakers to consider whether consumer privacy both online and offline should go further than merely requiring companies to notify people...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 3, 2005; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Sony Raids Hacker Playbook

New research from Mark Russinovich over at Sysinternals (the company I've blogged about before as the source a ton of excellent and free software utilities) indicates that Sony BMG has configured some of its music CDs to install antipiracy software...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 1, 2005; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Piracy  
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Cheerio Kerio

I note with a wisp of sadness that Kerio Technologies, the makers of a fine free software firewall that I've used on several PCs over the years, will discontinue its Kerio Personal Firewall at the end of the year. Kerio...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 1, 2005; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Apple Patches Five Holes

Apple has an update that corrects several security vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system. The new version, Mac OS X 10.4.3, fixes at least five problems, including one in Mac's Software Update feature, as well as its Keychain...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 1, 2005; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Phishy Investment Plans

Was chatting the other day with Johannes Ullrich from the SANS Internet Storm Center and he mentioned that the anti-phishing toolbar he's using from Web site security firm Netcraft flagged an investment site he found as a phishing scam. I've...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 31, 2005; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fraud  
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