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Security Fix: September 24, 2006 - September 30, 2006

Ellch Defends Macbook Wireless Vulnerability Research

SAN DIEGO -- I reported yesterday that one of the most anticipated talks to be presented here at the Toorcon hacker conference -- a public demo of an attack used to compromise a Macbook remotely over a wireless connection --...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 30, 2006; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Snooping on Your Online Searches

SAN DIEGO -- America Online took a lot of heat recently for disclosing what hundreds of thousands of AOL users had searched for online, but the truth is that stealing search results from any Internet user is well within the...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 30, 2006; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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SecureWorks Backs Out of Macbook Demo

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 29 -- I'm blogging from sunny Southern California, where the 8th annual Toorcon security conference is about to get underway. But before its official kick-off, I want to update Security Fix readers about a last-minute development. David...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 29, 2006; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Security Fix Pop Quiz: Have You Been Patching?

It's that time again Security Fix readers: A pop quiz to see how well you've been keeping up with software security updates for some of the more commonly installed deskop applications. Below are a few of the more important updates,...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 29, 2006; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Safety Tips  
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'Shopadmins' And the ID Theft Cycle

washingtonpost.com today published a story based on the 10 hours of lurking I did on a variety of underground chat and Web channels frequented by identity and credit card thieves. From that research, Security Fix confirmed recent data breaches at...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 28, 2006; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for IE Flaw

Microsoft Corp. today issued a security update to fix a serious flaw in its Internet Explorer browser -- a flaw that hackers have been exploiting to install spyware on vulnerable computers. Microsoft is issuing the update outside of its monthly...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 26, 2006; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Some Sobering Security Stats

Symantec today released its latest report on Internet security, cataloging 2,249 software vulnerabilities discovered or reported from January through June 2006 -- the most the company has ever recorded in a six-month period. Nearly 80 percent of the vulnerabilities were...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 25, 2006; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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IM Worms "Epidemic" on MSN Messenger

Russian anti-virus and security vendor Kaspersky wrote Friday about an increase in spyware attacks on MSN Messenger users, an attack that succeeds in part due to a flaw in Microsoft's approach to blocking transfers of certain types of malicious files....

By Brian Krebs  |  September 25, 2006; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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