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Security Fix: April 15, 2007 - April 21, 2007

$10K Prize Nets Apple Vulnerability

It is often said that hackers eschew exploiting security holes in Apple's Mac OS X operating system in favor of researching flaws in Microsoft Windows computers due to the fact that most of the world runs Microsoft machines. Thus, finding...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 21, 2007; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Rogue Networks Stir Trouble for Firms of All Sizes

It is disconcerting to hear that a recent audit of the Internal Revenue Service's computer security posture revealed that some field offices were operating wireless networks accessible to anyone lurking nearby with a laptop. The IRS inspector general's office scanned...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 20, 2007; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Apple Issues Patches for 25 Security Holes

Apple today released software updates to plug more than two dozen security holes in its Mac OS X operating system and other software. The free patches are available via the Mac's built-in Software Update feature or directly from Apple's Web...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 19, 2007; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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The Easy Way to Unclutter a New PC

If you recently purchased a new Windows PC for yourself or a loved one, you probably found that it came loaded with a boatload of trial software programs that compete for your attention with pop-ups and random "buy me" icons...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 19, 2007; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Smile, You're on Criminal Camera

Security Fix recently highlighted a pair of surveillance devices that criminals had attached to an automated teller machine in Tyson's Corner, Va., to steal financial data from unsuspecting bank machine customers. A few readers responded by asking why they should...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 18, 2007; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Data Breach Aided University Phishing Scam

A highly targeted phishing attack last year that scammed dozens of Indiana University students out of their personal and financial data appears to have been aided in part by a previously undisclosed hacker break-in at one of the school's main...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 16, 2007; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Practicing Street Smarts at the ATM

Each time I pull money out of a bank's automated teller machine -- even if it's an ATM that is very familiar to me -- I always use caution to ensure that no one or thing is surreptitiously trying to...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 16, 2007; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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