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Security Fix: November 27, 2005 - December 3, 2005

Researcher: IE Flaw Allows Data Theft

A security researcher has published information showing that a previously unknown design flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could be used by malicious Web sites to steal sensitive information from IE users' computers. Israeli hacker Matan Gillon says he's discovered that...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 2, 2005; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Prostitution Suspect Used Data Access to Keep Tabs on Cops

A federal government worker who abused her access to sensitive consumer data to try to stave off a prostitution investigation has been sentenced to four months' home confinement with another four years of probation. Candice "Candy" Smith, 44, of Blue...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 2, 2005; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Sunbelt to Rescue Kerio Firewall

Anti-spyware company Sunbelt Software is expected to announce today that it has agreed to acquire the source code for Kerio Personal Firewall and that it plans to roll the popular firewall line into its products. Kerio said last month that...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 1, 2005; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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FBI Warns of E-Mail Scam Touting PayPal Class-Action Suit

The FBI is warning Internet users to be on the lookout for a new phishing scam that urges recipients to update their credit card and account information in order to receive funds from a PayPal class-action settlement. According the FBI,...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 1, 2005; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Microsoft Issues Warning About Unpatched IE Flaw

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday warned users that virus writers have started exploiting a newly-discovered flaw in Internet Explorer for which the company has not issued a security patch. The company said users browsing the Web with IE could infect their...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 1, 2005; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Sony Rootkit Sleuth to Join Class Action Suit

The security researcher whose examination of anti-piracy software included on many Sony BMG music CDs sparked a public firestorm has been hired as an expert witness in a nationwide class-action lawsuit against the company, Security Fix has learned. Mark Russinovich...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 30, 2005; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Piracy  
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Phishers Promise IRS Refund

A new phishing scam is going around in an e-mail telling people they are eligible for a tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $571, according to an alert posted by Abingdon, England-based antivirus software maker...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 30, 2005; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Apple Update Patches 13 Flaws

Apple has issued a bundle of security fixes to mend 13 separate security flaws in several versions of its Mac OS X operating system, including quite a few holes that attackers could use to seize control over vulnerable machines. Nine...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 30, 2005; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  New Patches  
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November a Record Month for IM Worms

November produced a record number of computer worms that spread over instant-message programs like AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger, according to the latest stats posted by San Diego-based IM security firm Akonix. The company tracked more than...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 29, 2005; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Truth About Anti-Virus Products

Eugene Kaspersky, who heads the Russian anti-virus maker Kaspersky Lab, has published an excellent article that offers a refreshingly honest look at the shortcomings inherent in most anti-virus products on the market today. Briefly, the paper points out that most...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 28, 2005; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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