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Security Fix: June 17, 2007 - June 23, 2007

Red Cross Scam Targets Military Families

Low-life scam artists have sunk to new depths by posing as American Red Cross workers in an effort to steal personal information from military families with loved ones in Iraq. The caller, who sounds like a young American, calls a...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 22, 2007; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings  
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Two Security Updates from Apple

Apple on Wednesday shipped a couple of software security updates. One plugs a security hole in its Apple TV product, the other a flaw in the Mac OS X operating system. Mac OS X v10.4.10 is available through Apple Downloads...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 21, 2007; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  New Patches  
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LexisNexis Warns of Consumer Database Breaches

Last month, Security Fix wrote that scam artists were trying to steal the login credentials that law enforcement officers use to access their accounts at Accurint, a database operated by LexisNexis owner ReedElsevier that contains highly detailed and personal files...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 21, 2007; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , U.S. Government  
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DHS to Answer for Hundreds of Cyber Break-Ins

The Department of Homeland Security's chief information officer is expected to receive a tongue-lashing from lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where an oversight committee will present data showing hundreds of digital break-ins and shoddy security practices at the very agency...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 19, 2007; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  U.S. Government  
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Glubble: The Web in a Kid-Friendly Bubble

Last week, Security Fix highlighted a software-free approach to helping parents block objectionable online content. Today, I'm profiling a new service that debuted this week - an "add-on" or extension for Mozilla's Firefox Web browser that takes the opposite approach:...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 19, 2007; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Safety Tips  
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Mpack Exploit Tool Slips through Security Holes

Researchers have been charting the rise in threats created by a new software exploit tool known as "Mpack," a virtual attack kit designed to be embedded in hacked or malicious Web sites. It targets security holes in multiple software products,...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 18, 2007; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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PayPal to Roll Out Buyer Vetting Service

In a move designed to attract more online sellers to accept its virtual payment service, PayPal this year plans to roll out a voluntary service designed to warn merchants if a transaction presents a fraud risk. Merchants who adopt PayPal's...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 18, 2007; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fraud  
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