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Security Fix: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

New State Laws Target Data Encryption, RFID Tracking

The states have been busy of late enacting laws that address a broad spectrum of security protections, from outlawing radio frequency identification (RFID) tag tracking to requiring organizations to encrypt sensitive data whether it is stored on a computer or...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 3, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , U.S. Government  
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House.gov Still Plagued by E-mail Deluge

A glut of e-mail from constituents and special interest groups continued to pose problems for the Web sites for members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, as millions of Americans attempt to voice their opinions on the financial...

By Ju-Don Roberts  |  October 2, 2008; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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October is Cyber Security (Un)Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it seems many people are in need of some serious awareness-raising on this front. A recent survey indicates that while more than 80 percent of computer users thought they had firewall software installed,...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 2, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , U.S. Government  
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New Federal Law Targets ID Theft, Cybercrime

President Bush last week signed into law a bill that seeks to make it easier for prosecutors to go after cybercrooks, while ensuring that identity theft victims are compensated for their time and trouble when convicted identity thieves are forced...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 1, 2008; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , Fraud , U.S. Government  
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Software Lets Users Manipulate Passport Data

A security researcher has published a software tool that makes it easy to copy and modify identification data encoded onto the computer chips embedded in passports issued by the United States and dozens of other countries. Jeroen van Beek, a...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 30, 2008; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , U.S. Government  
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Microsoft, Washington State Sue Scareware Purveyors

Microsoft Corp. and the state of Washington this week filed lawsuits against a slew of "scareware" purveyors, scam artists who use fake security alerts to frighten consumers into paying for worthless computer security software. The case filed by the Washington...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 29, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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