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Security Fix: January 22, 2006 - January 28, 2006

Letter from BlackHat Federal

Two weeks ago, we had the excellent Shmoocon hacker conference here in D.C., and this week I attended the BlackHat Federal conference, a slightly smaller security conference (nowhere near the size of the annual BlackHat Vegas con each summer) that's...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 27, 2006; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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ChoicePoint to Pay $15M for Privacy Violations

Atlanta-based data aggregator ChoicePoint today agreed to pay $15 million to settle charges that it violated federal consumer protection laws when it allowed criminals to purchase sensitive financial and personal data on at least 163,000 Americans. The settlement addresses a...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 26, 2006; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fraud  
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T-Mobile Sues Cell Phone Record Diggers

Wireless provider T-Mobile on Monday sued the owners of several Web sites that have built a business around selling anyone's wireless phone records. The move comes just days after Congressional lawmakers introduced several bills to explicitly make the practice a...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 25, 2006; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fraud  
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NSA Issues 'Metadata' Guidelines for Agencies

Following a series of foibles in which federal agencies and even the White House issued documents that contained hidden data that readers weren't meant to see, the the National Security Agency has issued guidelines for the federal government on removing...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 24, 2006; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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FTC Urged to Sue Adware Maker 180Solutions

The Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington-based nonprofit public interest group that's leading the Anti-Spyware Coalition, today urged the Federal Trade Commission to sue adware company 180Solutions Inc., accusing it of routinely allowing distributors to deceptively install its online...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 23, 2006; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Kama Sutra Worm Gets Nasty

A potentially destructive new computer worm disguised as pornographic videos and other material is steadily infecting thousands of victims each hour with payload designed to destroy documents and files on victim machines. This particular nastygram has earned different monikers from...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 22, 2006; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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