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Security Fix: January 1, 2006 - January 7, 2006

Microsoft to Fix Windows Flaw Today

Well, Security Fix called it. After considerable backlash from the security community for saying it would wait until next week to issue a patch for a critical flaw hackers and viruses are exploiting in Windows, Microsoft did an about-face today,...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 5, 2006; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Fake Anti-Spyware Makers Settle Fraud Charges

Two supposed anti-spyware companies that used misleading ads to frighten consumers into purchasing software to eliminate non-existent threats have settled deceptive trade practice charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The civil lawsuits targeted the makers of the "SpywareAssassin"...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 5, 2006; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Patch and P(r)ay?

After years of customer feedback, Microsoft has indeed gotten better about writing its security advisories in plainer English and less geek speak, but still I find myself sometimes glazing over potentially significant details buried within the notices. Take this little...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 5, 2006; 1:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Microsoft to Patch Windows Flaw Next Week

Microsoft has updated its advisory on an unpatched flaw in Windows that hackers are using to embed spyware and other malicious programs on PCs running the company's Windows operating system. Redmond now says it plans to release a patch on...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 4, 2006; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Microsoft to Patch Windows Flaw Next Week

Microsoft has updated its advisory on an unpatched flaw in Windows that hackers are using to embed spyware and other malicious programs on PCs running the company's Windows operating system. Redmond now says it plans to release a patch on...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 4, 2006; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Security Hole Claimed for BlackBerrys

New research released over the weekend indicated that BlackBerrys -- the ubiquitous handheld devices favored by on-the-go types -- are vulnerable to a security hole that could let attackers break in to the gadgets by convincing users to open a...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 3, 2006; 1:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Security Hole Claimed for BlackBerrys

New research released over the weekend indicated that BlackBerrys -- the ubiquitous handheld devices favored by on-the-go types -- are vulnerable to a security hole that could let attackers break in to the gadgets by convincing users to open a...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 3, 2006; 1:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Unofficial Patch for Windows Flaw

Security experts are urging Windows users to apply a non-Microsoft-issued software patch to fix an extremely dangerous bug that has exposed hundreds of millions of the operating system's users to spyware and viruses. The patch was developed by computer programmer...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 1, 2006; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Safety Tips  
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