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Security Fix: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

Beware Targeted Data-Stealing Tax Scam

A fresh round of targeted e-mail attacks is underway, arriving in messages that personally address both the recipient and his or her employer. One pretends to be sent from the IRS requesting more information about company tax filings. Another set...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 4, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Consumers Report $239 Million Lost To Cyber Fraud In '07

U.S. consumers reported losing more than $239 million from online fraud last year, up from $198 million in 2006, according to data released today by the FBI. Internet auction fraud (35.7 percent) and merchandise non-delivery (24.9 percent) were the most...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 4, 2008; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Safety Tips , U.S. Government  
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Reach Out And Hack Someone

Gone are the days when telephones were dumb appliances that you simply plugged into the wall and forgot: Security researchers from one Internet security firm say they have located more than 100 vulnerabilities in hardware and software that powers the...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 3, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips , U.S. Government  
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Secret Service Agent To Lead DHS Cyber Division

A cybercrime investigator at the U.S. Secret Service has been named to head the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division, Security Fix has learned. Cornelius F. Tate, a graduate of University of Mississippi, currently heads up the Technical...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 3, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  U.S. Government  
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Apple Issues QuickTime Update for Mac, Windows

Apple on Wednesday pushed out an update to its QuickTime media player software, fixing at least 11 security vulnerabilities in the software for both Mac and Windows systems. Mac users can get the latest version through Software Update. Windows QuickTime...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 3, 2008; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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8.3 Million Records Spilled in Data Breaches This Year

At least 8.3 million personal and financial records of consumers were potentially compromised by data spills or breaches at businesses, universities and government agencies in the first quarter of 2008, according to statistics released today. The San Diego based Identity...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 2, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , U.S. Government  
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April Fool's Day Warning, And Some Fun

This post has been updated. Please read through to the end. Original post: The cyber criminal(s) behind the Storm worm want to make an April Fool out of you today. The Storm worm author(s) likes to use holidays and other...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 1, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Safety Tips  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , U.S. Government  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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