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Security Fix: May 7, 2006 - May 13, 2006

Apple Update Mends Dozens of Security Flaws (Windows Users Read This Too)

Apple Computer Inc. today released free software updates that fix at least 43 separate security flaws in its Mac OS X operating system and other products, including a dozen problems with its popular Quicktime media player. The new version of...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 11, 2006; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Bill Would Criminalize Failure to Report Breaches

Legislation introduced in Congress by a key House lawmaker envisions prison time and stiff fines for officials at companies that fail to inform law enforcement when a digital break-in jeopardizes consumers' personal and financial data. The Cyber-Security Enhancement and Consumer...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 11, 2006; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Your Spycar Ran Over My Dogma

Anti-spyware company Webroot released a report yesterday stating that the rate of spyware infections soared in the first quarter of 2006, infecting an estimated 87 percent of consumers' PCs with an average of 34 pieces of spyware per machine. Now,...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 10, 2006; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Microsoft Issues Three Security Updates

Microsoft today issued three software patches to fix a security flaw in Windows, another in iits Exchange Server e-mail product, and two "critical" vulnerabilities in older versions of Adobe's Macromedia Flash Player that comes bundled with Windows. The Flash patch...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 9, 2006; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Botmaster Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison

A 21-year-old California man was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for hacking into hundreds of thousands of computers and renting the network of hacked PCs out to spyware companies and to people who used the network to send...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 8, 2006; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Ransomware Rising

A relatively new form of malware may be starting to gain popularity among virus writers and Internet scam artists. Known as "ransomware," this type of malicious code invariably tries to seize control over the victim's files or computer until that...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 8, 2006; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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