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Security Fix: January 7, 2007 - January 13, 2007

New E-Commerce Identity Tag Makes Online Debut

A long-promised technology for helping consumers verify the legitimacy of commercial Web sites made its debut on the Internet Friday: Visit online security company Entrust's login page with Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 Web browser and you'll notice that the address...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 13, 2007; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Safety Tips  
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The Spammer-as-Hit Man Scam

The FBI is warning people not to be alarmed if they receive the latest e-mail scam going around, which purports to have been sent by a hit man who was hired to rub out the recipient. The message claims that...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 12, 2007; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Free Tool Scans Your PC for Missing Patches

A number of past Security Fix postings lamented the lack of a free software tool that Windows computer users could use to quickly and easily scan their machines for missing patches for the myriad applications that run on top of...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 11, 2007; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  
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More Adobe Reader Vulnerabilities

Last week, Security Fix warned readers about a newly discovered design flaw in Adobe Reader that could be used to trick users into giving away personal and financial data. This week, Adobe warned warned that versions 7.0.8 and 7.0.3 of...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 11, 2007; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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A Warning to Windows Users on Acer Laptops

Update, Jan. 16, 12:57 p.m: Acer has released an update that automates the deactivation of the culprit file, as described in this blog. The patch can be downloaded from this link here. Also, U.S. CERT has issued an advisory about...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 10, 2007; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Microsoft Plugs Ten Security Holes

Microsoft Corp. today issued free software updates to plug at least 10 security holes in its Windows operating system and other software. Windows users can download the patches directly from Microsoft Update or by using the Windows Automatic Updates feature....

By Brian Krebs  |  January 9, 2007; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Scary Blogspam Automation Tools

As the de facto administrator of the Security Fix blog, I've spent many an hour deleting spammy links left in the comments section -- comments that usually lead back to the same kinds of Web sites you most commonly see...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 8, 2007; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings  
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