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Security Fix: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

Atrivo Shutdown Hastened Demise of Storm Worm

The infamous Storm worm, which powered a network of thousands of compromised PCs once responsible for sending more than 20 percent of all spam, appears to have died off. Security experts say Storm's death knell was sounded by the recent...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 17, 2008; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings  
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Report: Russian Hacker Forums Fueled Georgia Cyber Attacks

An exhaustive inquiry into August's cyber attacks on the former Soviet bloc nation of Georgia finds no smoking gun in the hands of the Russian government. But experts say evidence suggests that Russian officials did little to discourage the online...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 16, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker  
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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday Includes New Rating Index

Microsoft today released 11 software updates to fix at least 20 security flaws in its Windows operating systems and other software. Windows users can grab the latest updates from Microsoft Update or by turning on Automatic Updates. This month's bundle...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 14, 2008; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Security Software Suites No Match for Custom Attacks

The all-in-one security software suites from the major anti-virus vendors fail spectacularly at detecting custom-made malware that exploits the latest software vulnerabilities, according to testing done by security analysis firm Secunia. Secunia tested how well nearly a dozen security suites...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 13, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Microsoft Stock Price Routinely Dinged by Security Patches

Microsoft's stock price suffers more than usual on days that it ships software updates to plug security holes, new research suggests. With few exceptions, Redmond issues security updates on the second Tuesday of each month. Microsoft implemented what's known as...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 13, 2008; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  From the Bunker , New Patches  
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