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Security Fix: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Time to Patch Your Flash

Adobe has issued an update to patch several security holes in its Flash player. Most people will have some version of Flash installed on their computers, so it's a good idea to take a moment and make sure your system...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 11, 2008; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Spammers Using Google, Outlook Calendars to Get Your Attention

Spammers are starting to use the meeting invite features of both Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook to send messages advertising the latest designer watches and prescription drugs. This week, Security Fix heard from a reader who said he had received...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 10, 2008; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Online Banking: Do You Know Your Rights?

The financial industry in the United Kingdom recently reaffirmed a policy that holds online banking customers liable for losses if they fail to secure their personal computers against data-stealing computer viruses. While this policy may seem surprising or even draconian...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 10, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , U.S. Government  
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Get Paid to Find 'Back Doors'

A security research and training group is offering up to $20,000 in grants to anyone with computer programming chops who can help locate and close hidden "back doors" in commercial hardware and software. According to the Bethesda, Md.-based SANS Institute...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 9, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Bunker , U.S. Government  
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Microsoft Fixes 10 Security Vulnerabilities

Microsoft today issued software updates to plug at least 10 security holes in its Windows operating systems and other software. More than half of the vulnerabilities fixed by these patches earned the company's most dire "critical" rating, and several of...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 8, 2008; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kraken Spawns a Clash of the Titans

Most of my waking hours on Monday were spent fielding indignant queries from sources in the anti-virus industry who were wondering what I knew about reports of a new family of malicious software that allegedly had managed to infect more...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 8, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Social Networking Accounts Prized By Cybercrooks

Cyber criminals increasingly are moving away from trying to break into computers directly, choosing instead to target Internet users where they spend much of their time online -- at social networking Web sites, new data suggests. In an analysis of...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 8, 2008; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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RedBox Warns of Credit Card Skimmers

DVD-rental vending machine maker RedBox today warned customers to be on the lookout for any unusual activity or physical changes to local RedBox kiosks, after the company discovered evidence that criminals had retrofitted at least three of the machines with...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 7, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Opera Updates and a Black Tuesday Preview

Opera this week released a new version of the Web browser to correct at least two remotely exploitable security vulnerabilities. Separately, Microsoft said it plans to release eight updates on Tuesday as part of its regular monthly patch cycle. The...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 7, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  
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