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

Security Pro Admits to Hijacking PCs for Profit

A Los Angeles security professional has admitted to infecting more than a quarter million computers with malicious software and installing spyware that was used to steal personal data and serve victims with online advertisements. John Kenneth Schiefer, 26, variously known...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 10, 2007; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
Categories:  Fraud , U.S. Government  
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Patch Tuesday Preview, And a Windows Warning

Microsoft plans to release just two security updates next week to fix problems with Windows and other software. Meanwhile, the company says it has received reports from Windows XP and Windows 2003 users that criminals are targeting an unpatched flaw...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 9, 2007; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Russian Business Network: Down, But Not Out

A major Russian Internet service provider whose client list amounted to a laundry list of organized cyber crime operations appears to have closed shop. But security experts caution that there are signs that the highly profitable network may already be...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 7, 2007; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , U.S. Government  
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Salesforce.com Acknowledges Data Loss

Business software provider Salesforce.com acknowledged that a recent spate of targeted e-mail virus and phishing attacks against its customers resulted from one of its own employees falling for a phishing scam and turning over the keys to the company's customer...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 6, 2007; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Safety Tips  
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New QuickTime Version Plugs 7 Security Holes

Apple on Monday released another iteration of its QuickTime media player that fixes at least seven security vulnerabilities in previous versions of the software. The flaws are present in earlier versions of QuickTime for Mac, Windows XP and Windows Vista....

By Brian Krebs  |  November 5, 2007; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Deconstructing the Fake FTC E-mail Virus Attack

A targeted e-mail virus disguised as an identity theft inquiry from the Federal Trade Commission appears to have successfully compromised more than 500 PCs, including victims at banks, real estate brokerages, law firms and marketing companies. Each of the victims...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 5, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , U.S. Government  
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