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Security Fix: April 8, 2007 - April 14, 2007

Tax Time Means Fraud Time

The arrival of tax season brings the inevitable scam e-mails and Web sites claiming to be affiliated with the Internal Revenue Service, the Treasury Department, or an online tax refund or preparation service. Here's the latest scam: Members of Phishtank,...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 13, 2007; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Microsoft Warns of Attacks on Web Service Flaw

Attackers are actively exploiting a newly reported flaw in Microsoft's software that is allowing them to break into vulnerable systems, the software giant warned Thursday. The vulnerability applies to Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 running the DNS Server...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 13, 2007; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Uncle Sam Earns "C-Minus" in Computer Security

The federal government earned an overall grade of "C-minus" last year for securing its computer systems and networks from hackers, malicious insiders and viruses, a slight improvement from scores awarded to agencies in 2005, Security Fix has learned. Last year,...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 11, 2007; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Critical Vista Flaw Leads Patch Tuesday Lineup

Update, April 11, 12:06 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Microsoft had re-issued a patch that it originally released on Tuesday, Apr. 3. The text below has been changed. Original post: Microsoft Corp. today issued a...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 10, 2007; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Research Suggests Weakness in Anti-Phishing Technology

Security experts have warned for some time now that certain anti-online-fraud technology deployed by many major financial institutions may be lulling online banking users into a false sense of protection. Today, two university researchers released a demo in an attempt...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 10, 2007; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Safety Tips  
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I'd Like a Double Espresso and Your Password, Please

One of the perennial questions I get from readers is whether it is safe to log into personal e-mail accounts at the local coffeehouse or even via a neighbor's wireless network. My answer remains the same: If you do not...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 9, 2007; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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¿Security Fix en Español?

Google offers a translation tool that can aid readers of many languages. It can help Spanish-only speakers read the Security Fix column in Spanish, for example. Here's a message for our Spanish-language readers: Si prefieres leer la columna "Security Fix"...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 9, 2007; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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