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Security Fix: December 18, 2005 - December 24, 2005

Give the Gift of Security

This holiday season, many readers will no doubt be giving or receiving Windows desktop and laptop computers -- machines that, despite Microsoft's best efforts, will still take a significant amount of tweaking to ensure they are sufficiently secure against hackers,...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 22, 2005; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Safety Tips  
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Instant Message Worms Get Mean

For the longest time, worms circulating over instant messaging networks like AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo!, MSN and ICQ were considered more childish than harmful, threats that for the most part simply spread themselves to everyone in a victim's buddy...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 22, 2005; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Ranking Response Times for Anti-Virus Programs

Anti-virus researcher Andreas Marx of Av-Test.org has concluded an annual round of testing to see how well the various anti-virus programs responded to recent outbreaks of viruses and worms. The results appear to show that while the major anti-virus products...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 21, 2005; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Daily Data Breaches

Many times after we run a story, Security Fix readers write in to tell us about related incidents. This morning I received an e-mail from a Virginia woman who was recently notified by her mortgage company that it had somehow...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 20, 2005; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Symantec Anti-Virus Vulnerability

A security researcher has uncovered a dangerous weakness in Symantec's antivirus products that could allow malware to corrupt the software and execute malicious programs on the user's computer. Alex Wheeler, a security researcher who recently left Internet Security Systems' said...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 20, 2005; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Guidance Software's Customer Database Compromised

Read Brian Krebs's latest story:  "Hackers Break Into Computer-Security Firm's Customer Database." Here's the story lead:  "Guidance Software -- the leading provider of software used to diagnose hacker break-ins -- has itself been hacked, resulting in the exposure of financial...

By  |  December 20, 2005; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Database Hack Exposes Police Financial Data

Reevesnamepins.com, a company that manufacturers the plastic and metal name tags that police officers around the country wear on their uniforms, had its customer database hacked recently, exposing credit card and other personal data for a number of police departments....

By Brian Krebs  |  December 19, 2005; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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