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Security Fix: August 19, 2007 - August 25, 2007

Pharmacy Spam Blogs At U.S. Nuclear Safety Lab

The Web site for the institution charged with safeguarding the safety and integrity of the U.S. nuclear arsenal has been inadvertently hosting advertisements and blogs that link to illegal prescription drug sites hawking everything from generic painkillers to erectile dysfunction...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 25, 2007; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Yahoo! Messenger Network Overrun By Bots

A large number of Yahoo!'s instant messenger chat rooms are being overrun by automated programs designed to hawk commercial services, Web sites and other wares, preventing millions of actual human users from joining most of the chat rooms on the...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 24, 2007; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Yahoo! Issues Security Update for Messenger

Last week, Security Fix warned Yahoo! Messenger users to be wary of unexpected video chat invites from other Yahoo! instant messenger users, as the blueprints for exploiting security holes in the chat invite function of the program had been posted...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 23, 2007; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Don't Join the Club

The great Groucho Marx once quipped, "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member." E-mail users would do well to adopt this attitude with respect to unsolicited invites to join members-only Web sites,...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 22, 2007; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Skype Bug Triggered by 'Patch Tuesday'

Internet telephony provider Skype today placed at least part of the blame for a two-day outage last week on Microsoft's monthly patch update, which was rolled out last Tuesday. In the latest update on the situation, Skype's Villu Arak said...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 20, 2007; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Beware of Five-Star Vaporware

U.K. computer programmer Andy Brice was proud of the awards and accolades his software had won from his peers online. That is, until he noticed that pretty much everyone else's software received the same "5-star" rating and high praise from...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 20, 2007; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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