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Archive: March 2008

Cyber Attacks on the Campaign Trail

It is rare for the key topics typically covered in this blog -- cybercrime and computer security -- to be wielded as talking points by a major presidential candidate. But in a foreign policy speech last week, presumptive Republican Party...

By Brian Krebs | March 31, 2008; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Happy 3rd Birthday To Security Fix

Security Fix turned three years old this weekend. Since March 2005, this blog has featured roughly 900 entries and attracted more than 14,000 comments. I have enjoyed watching the Security Fix community grow, and owe a big shout of "Thanks!"...

By Brian Krebs | March 31, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Curious Case of Dmitry Golubov

Earlier this month, Security Fix took a look at Dmitry Ivanovich Golubov, a Ukrainian politician once considered by U.S. law enforcement to be a top cybercrime boss. Golubov took rather strong exception to the way he was characterized in that...

By Brian Krebs | March 28, 2008; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (16)

U.S.-Based ISPs Count Known Terror Groups as Clients

Herndon, Va.-based Network Solutions said Wednesday that it suspended Hizbollah.org, an official site of Hezbollah, a Lebanese political and paramilitary group. Turns out, Network Solutions, which was one of the original firms in the domain registration business, was accepting payment...

By Brian Krebs | March 27, 2008; 4:46 PM ET | Comments (11)

Don't Depend on Anti-virus to Save You

Last week I wrote a story about how anti-virus companies are struggling to keep up with the huge volumes of viruses and other malware being released on the Internet. The story examined the various ways the anti-virus industry has responded...

By Brian Krebs | March 25, 2008; 9:28 AM ET | Comments (42)

Network Solutions Pre-Censors Anti-Islam Site

Web site name registrar Network Solutions is blocking access to a site owned by a controversial Dutch politician known for his confrontational views about Islam and Muslim immigrants. The move by one of the largest companies in the domain registration...

By Brian Krebs | March 23, 2008; 10:36 PM ET | Comments (197)

They Told You Not To Reply

When businesses want to communicate with their customers via e-mail, many send messages with a bogus return address, e.g. "somethinghere@donotreply.com." The practice is meant to communicate to recipients that any replies will go unread. But when those messages are sent...

By Brian Krebs | March 21, 2008; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (132)

White House Taps Tech Entrepreneur For Cyber Post

The Bush administration is planning to tap a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to head a new inter-agency group charged with coordinating the federal government's efforts to protect its computer networks from organized cyber attacks. Sources in the government contracting community said...

By Brian Krebs | March 19, 2008; 11:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Apple Patches 93 Security Holes

Apple this week pushed out one of its biggest bushels of security updates in a long while, fixing more than 90 vulnerabilities in nearly every major component of its operating system and supporting software. Apple also released updates for the...

By Brian Krebs | March 19, 2008; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hannaford Breach May Presage '08 Trend

The Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain said Monday that a breach of its computer systems may have given criminals access to more than four million credit and debit cards issued by nearly 70 banks nationwide. While the banks appear all but...

By Brian Krebs | March 18, 2008; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (25)

The Anatomy of a Vishing Scam

A series of well-orchestrated wireless phone-based phishing attacks against several financial institutions last week illustrates how scam artists are growing more adept at fleecing consumers by exploiting security holes in seemingly unrelated Internet technologies. The scams in this case took...

By Brian Krebs | March 15, 2008; 5:54 PM ET | Comments (5)

Ukrainian CyberCrime Boss Leads Political Party

A Ukrainian man once known as one of the top ringleaders in Eastern Europe-based organized cyber crime is now heading up a new political party there. Dmitry Ivanovich Golubov, a 24-year-old from Odessa, is leading the upstart "Internet Party of...

By Brian Krebs | March 13, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (25)

Six Degrees of E-Separation

If you've ever played the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," you know there's a lot of truth to it. It's based on the notion that any actor can be linked through his or her film roles to Mr. Bacon....

By Brian Krebs | March 12, 2008; 5:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Microsoft Patches 12 Office Security Holes

Microsoft today issued four updates to fix at least a dozen security vulnerabilities in its Office software products. All of the updates earned Microsoft's "critical" label, meaning attackers could exploit the flaws to break into Windows systems with little or...

By Brian Krebs | March 11, 2008; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

When Ads Go Bad

A long-time trusted source recently alerted me that some inappropriate advertisements were running on Neopets.com, a Web site full of addictive Macromedia Flash games aimed at pre-teens. Surprisingly, the curators of Neopets.com -- major media conglomerate Viacom -- are disavowing...

By Brian Krebs | March 10, 2008; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (20)

The FDIC Computer Intrusion Report

Last week, Security Fix featured the highlights from a non-public report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) that examined a huge recent spike in the cost of computer intrusions for banks and consumers. I chose not to publish the...

By Brian Krebs | March 5, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (8)

The MonaRonaDona Extortion Scam

Online tech support forums are starting to light up over an increasing number of PCs sickened by something called the "MonaRonaDona virus," a piece of malware that threatens to trash host computers. As it happens, MonaRonaDona appears to be a...

By Brian Krebs | March 3, 2008; 6:06 PM ET | Comments (27)

 

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