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Security Fix: November 6, 2005 - November 12, 2005

Sony Suspends Use of Anti-Piracy Software

Bowing to nearly two weeks of relentless criticism from security experts, customers and even the Bush administration, Sony BMG Music Entertainment today said it had temporarily suspended production of music CDs that feature its controversial anti-piracy software. "As a precautionary...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 11, 2005; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Piracy  
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DHS Official Weighs In on Sony

A high-ranking Bush administration official weighed in Thursday on anti-piracy efforts domestically and abroad, indirectly chastising Sony BMG Music Entertainment for its digital rights management (DRM) software, which computer security analysis say uses tactics typically employed by virus writers to...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 11, 2005; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Piracy  
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RealPlayer Patches Critical Flaws

RealNetworks Inc. has issued patches to fix at least two serious security holes in a number of its RealVideo and RealOne media players. These flaws are especially interesting because they are present in versions of the company's software designed for...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 11, 2005; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  New Patches  
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FTC Says It Has Shut Down Spyware Ring

The Federal Trade Commission said today its enforcement division had obtained a court order freezing the assets of a group of online outfits it says is responsible for spreading spyware through a network of Web sites and blogs peddling cell...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 10, 2005; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Virus Writers Exploit Sony Anti-Piracy Software

This was bound to happen. Anti-virus maker Sophos is reporting that it has spotted an e-mail going around that tries to exploit the controversial file-hiding abilities of anti-piracy software embedded on some of Sony BMG's music CDs. According to Sophos,...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 10, 2005; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Piracy  
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Sony's Attitude Has a History

A Security Fix reader with an excellent memory (thanks, Patrick) reminded me today of a few choice words spoken nearly five years ago by Sony Corp. chief executive Howard Stringer that eerily foreshadowed the controversial soup that Sony BMG now...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 10, 2005; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Piracy  
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Sony's Attitude Has a History

A Security Fix reader with an excellent memory (thanks, Patrick) reminded me today of a few choice words spoken nearly five years ago by Sony Corp. chief executive Howard Stringer that eerily foreshadowed the controversial soup that Sony BMG now...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 10, 2005; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Piracy  
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Calif. Lawsuit Targets Sony

A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of California consumers who may have been harmed by anti-piracy software installed by some Sony music CDs. A second, nationwide class-action lawsuit is expected to be filed against Sony in a New...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 8, 2005; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Piracy  
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Google Phishing

Internet security firm Websense is warning surfers to be on guard for a phishing e-mail that pretends to be from Google alerting recipients that they have won $400. The e-mail directs users to a spoofed copy of Google's site, where...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 8, 2005; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Microsoft Patches Windows Image Problem

Microsoft today issued a software update to fix several serious security problems with the way its Windows computers render digital images. The most serious of the three vulnerabilities addressed by today's patch -- a problem with Windows' graphics rendering engine...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 8, 2005; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Hackers Raid Sony's Playbook

Over the weekend, I was contacted by a Security Fix reader who spends a great deal of his time taking apart software applications to find security vulnerabilities (which he occasionally sells to security companies that use them to brag to...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 7, 2005; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Piracy  
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Microsoft to Bundle Anti-Spyware App With Windows

Microsoft said Friday that it plans to bundle its "Windows Anti-Spyware" tool with Windows Vista, the chronically delayed next version of the company's operating system. Microsoft also decided to rename the program "Windows Defender," in part to give it "a...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 7, 2005; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Macromedia Flash Player Patch

Macromedia, maker of the Macromedia Flash online video/audio player, has issued an update that fixes a rather serious security flaw in its software that could allow hackers to take over your PC through your Web browser. The vulnerability is present...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 7, 2005; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  New Patches  
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