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Security Fix: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

Web Fraud 2.0: Distributing Your Malware

The allure of cyber crime lies in its promise of quick riches, much like that of the illegal drug trade. But building a network of hacked personal computers that can distribute your data-stealing malicious software is a time-consuming process that...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 22, 2008; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Opera Update Plugs Multiple Security Holes

Opera has released a software update that fixes at least seven security vulnerabilities in the Web browser program. Users may be prompted to update when they first launch the browser. Alternatively, Opera surfers can simply select "Help" and "Check for...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 21, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Web Fraud 2.0: Digital Forgeries

For businesses, positively identifying someone online - by name, or physical location - is extremely difficult. Many Internet firms seek to verify the identity of customers by requesting scanned copies of their driver's licenses, passports, or utility bills. But what...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Web Fraud 2.0: Validating Your Stolen Goods

If there is any truth to the old saying that there is no honor among thieves then it is doubly true for thieves who transact with one another yet never actually meet face-to-face. Perhaps that explains the popularity of certain...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 20, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Web Fraud 2.0: Cloaking Connections

These days, nearly every aspect of the underground online economy that supports commercial crime operations has been automated. Online forums and criminal social networking sites have long offered aspiring newbies tips on getting started. But a slew of extremely popular...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 19, 2008; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Q&A With FBI's Cyber Division Chief

At the end of the Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas a week ago Thursday, I had a few minutes to sit down with James Finch, head of the FBI's Cyber Division. What follows is an excerpted Q&A from...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 18, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , Fraud , U.S. Government  
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