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Security Fix: December 10, 2006 - December 16, 2006

Ransom-Mail: All Your E-Mails Are Belong to Us

Internet security company Websense has an interesting writeup about a unique form of cyber extortion that we can probably expect to see more of in the future, wherein attackers hold their victims' Web mail messages and contact lists for ransom....

By Brian Krebs  |  December 14, 2006; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Microsoft Tweaks Windows XP Wireless Security

Microsoft last month quietly issued a long-overdue update to fix a simple yet potentially dangerous security weakness in the way embedded wireless cards work on Windows XP laptops. Open up an XP portable, and if you're looking with the right...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 13, 2006; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Microsoft's Monthly Patch Release Plugs 11 Security Holes

Microsoft Corp. today released software updates to fix at least 11 security holes in various versions of its Windows operating system and other products. Windows users can download the free updates manually from Microsoft Update or via Automatic Updates. This...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 12, 2006; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Phishing Scams Soared in October

The number of phishing Web sites set up to impersonate banks and steal people's financial and personal data skyrocketed in October to 37,444, the highest on record, according to stats released this week. The Anti-Phishing Working Group reports that 52...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 12, 2006; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Finding the Free Version of AVG 7.5 Anti-Virus

A number of Security Fix readers have written to ask whether AVG would continue to offer a free version of its anti-virus product, as users have been seeing pop-up notices lately saying their software would expire in mid-January and that...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 11, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  
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