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Security Fix: February 12, 2006 - February 18, 2006

Botnets: A Global Pandemic

Below is another excerpt that got cut from my Post magazine story on botmasters and their contribution to the growing adware and spyware problem. Some information security experts say the mainstream Internet security companies have inadvertently yet drastically understated the...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 18, 2006; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Interview with 180Solutions' CEO

What follows below is some of the material that ultimately got cut from my magazine piece on botnets and spyware for space considerations. Here's what I wrote about my visit to 180solutions and subsequent interviews with several company executives: As...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 17, 2006; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Just Your Basic Windows User

During the course of reporting and writing my Post magazine story on botnets and spyware, I attempted to contact dozens of victims of the young botmaster identified in the story as 0x80, but only a handful responded. Among those was...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 17, 2006; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Exploits Released for Newly Patched Windows Flaws

If you're a Windows user and have been putting off installing the latest round of patches Microsoft issued Tuesday, it's time to stop procrastinating: Programs that demonstrate how attackers might weild several of the flaws addressed by those patches have...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 17, 2006; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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New Mac Worm Spreads Via Bluetooth

A new worm designed to attack the Mac OS X operating system has been submitted to an anti-virus company, this one crafted to spread via a vulnerability that Apple recently patched in its version of Bluetooth, a communications technology built...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 17, 2006; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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The Tale of the Story Snatchers

A number of readers have inquired as to the whereabouts of a story we published yesterday on washingtonpost.com -- "Invasion of the Computer Snatchers" -- about a couple of hackers we followed who were making lots of money using botnets...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 17, 2006; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Wanted: Critical Windows Flaw ... Reward: $10,000

iDefense, the Reston, Va.-based vulnerability research company recently bought up by Verisign Inc., is offering $10,000 to any hackers who can find a previously unknown security hole in Microsoft's Windows operating system. Here's the catch: The flaw must earn a...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 16, 2006; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Apple Worm and More Mac Patches

The first piece of self-propagating malware targeting Apple's Mac OS X operating system has been spotted online and appears to be spreading disguised as a picture of the next version of the OS. This is significant on many levels. I...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 16, 2006; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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2005 Patch Times for Firefox and Internet Explorer

On Sunday, The Washington Post published an excerpt from a blog post I wrote a week ago about how long it takes Mozilla to issue updates for critical flaws in its various products, particularly the Firefox Web browser. In the...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 15, 2006; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Microsoft Issues 7 Patches

Microsoft today released seven security updates for computers running its Windows operating system and other software. Two of the patches fix problems Redmond labeled critical, meaning the company believes the flaw could allow the propagation of an Internet worm that...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 14, 2006; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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The New Face of Phishing

Phishing is a difficult enough form of fraud to avoid for most computer users, but when some of the biggest names in the financial industry fail to do their part to detect and eliminate these online scams, consumers often are...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 13, 2006; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
Categories:  Fraud  
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