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Security Fix: February 4, 2007 - February 10, 2007

Perils in Parallels?

Earlier this week Security Fix managed to install a new copy of Microsoft's Windows Vista Ultimate on top of Apple's Mac OS X operating system running on a Macbook Pro. I did this using Parallels, a powerful "virtual machine" program...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 10, 2007; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Cell Phones: The New Phish Food

Last year, we started to see cases of voice phishing or "vishing" attacks. That's when bad guys send e-mails urging people to call an automated 1-800 number that prompts callers to enter their credit card data. Now scammers are targeting...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 9, 2007; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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A Dozen Patches Expected From Microsoft Next Week

Microsoft Corp. said today that it plans to release at least a dozen patch bundles next Tuesday to plug security vulnerabilities in its Windows operating systems and other software. This patch batch could wind up breaking records for the most...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 8, 2007; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Internet Attacked! (Did Anyone Notice?)

Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of "Safer Internet Day," a 40-country effort to raise awareness about computer and Internet security. But the day probably didn't feel too safe for the dozens of unheralded technologists responsible for defending the World Wide...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 8, 2007; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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FTC Issues Fraud and ID Theft Data for 2006

Unauthorized credit card charges were the leading contributor to more than $1.1 billion bilked in reported consumer fraud complaints last year, according to new figures released today by the Federal Trade Commission. Shop-at-home/catalog sales and prizes and sweepstakes accounted for...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  February 7, 2007; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fraud  
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When Security Companies Fail

SAN FRANCISCO: Security Fix has long pontificated on the necessity of Microsoft Windows users setting up their machines to run under "limited user" accounts. It is considered a fairly effective method for warding off spyware and virus infections on your...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 7, 2007; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Microsoft to Support OpenID

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates today said his company would throw its support behind "OpenID," an open-source, distributed identity management system that seeks give computer users a more secure way to manage their online credentials. "Everywhere you go on...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 6, 2007; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fraud  
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