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Security Fix: January 13, 2008 - January 19, 2008

Drawing a (Scary) Face On Malicious Software

If the phishing scams, computer viruses and worms that land in our inboxes each day take the form of hostile-looking beasts, we might all want to avoid them like the plague. Such is the vision of Romanian artist Alex Dragulescu,...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 18, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Apple Patches QuickTime, iPhone and iPod Security Holes

Apple is pushing out patches to plug a number of security holes in the iPhone, iPod touch and its QuickTime media player. The QuickTime update fixes at least four security flaws found in both Mac OS X (including Leopard, OS...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 17, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Wishing an (Un)Happy Birthday to the Storm Worm

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the emergence of the spam-enabling Storm worm, a tenacious strain of malicious software that probably speaks more about the future of online crime than almost any other malware family circulating online today. This...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 17, 2008; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Safety Tips  
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Targeted Attacks Use Unpatched Excel Flaw

Microsoft said Tuesday that it has seen evidence that criminals are breaking into Windows systems through a previously unknown security hole in its Excel software. Tim Rains, the security response communications lead for Microsoft, said in an e-mailed statement that...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 16, 2008; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Scareware Program Targets Mac Users

The same tried-and-true social engineering tactics traditionally wielded against Windows users to frighten people into buying bogus security software are now being employed to target Mac users. Security experts say the curators of macsweeper.com warn visitors that their machine is...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 15, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Safeguarding Your Passwords

It's tough to navigate the Web and do business online without having to remember dozens of passwords, yet in my experience, very few people give much thought to securing these precious credentials. Most folks simply take advantage of the simple...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 13, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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