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Security Fix: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

Apple Patches DNS Flaw and 16 Other Holes

Apple released updates to fix at least 17 different security holes in its OS X operating system and other software late Thursday, including a patch for the domain name system (DNS) vulnerability that many other affected vendors addressed nearly three...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 1, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Black Hat Talk on Apple Encryption Flaw Pulled

A security researcher who was set to speak at the Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas next week on a previously undiscovered flaw in Apple's FileVault encryption system has canceled his talk, citing confidentiality agreements with the Cupertino computer...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 31, 2008; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Senate Approves Bill to Fight Cyber-Crime

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to modernize the nation's computer crime laws and give prosecutors more leeway in pursuing cyber crooks. Under current federal cyber-crime laws prosecutors must show that the illegal activity caused at least $5,000 in damages...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 31, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , From the Bunker , U.S. Government  
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Fun with Spam Subject Lines

I've been checking my spam filter, just for the fun of it, as the spammmers are writing more timely and entertaining subject lines as an enticement to get people to open their missives. Take the following spam headlines, for example,...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 31, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Exploit Prods Software Firms to Update Their Updaters

A security researcher has released a set of tools that make it simple for attackers to exploit weaknesses in the auto-update feature of many popular software titles. By targeting widely deployed programs such as Java, OpenOffice, Winamp and Winzip, that...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 30, 2008; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Three Quarters of Malicious Web Sites Are Hacked

Three-quarters of all Web sites that try to foist malicious software on visitors are legitimate sites that have been hacked, a report released today found. Even worse, most of these compromised sites are social networking communities and some of the...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 29, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Critical Security Updates Available for RealPlayer

RealNetworks has shipped a new version of its RealPlayer software to plug at least four serious security holes in the program. Updates are available for RealPlayer versions 10, 10.5 and 11 for Linux, Mac and Windows systems. Windows versions of...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 28, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Gmail Gains Two New Security Features

Google this month rolled out two new security features to its free Gmail service. The first should protect users against people who might be lurking on your network trying to snoop or hijack your inbox. The other makes it easy...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 28, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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