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Security Fix: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Microsoft: Big Security Hole in All IE Versions

On Wednesday, Security Fix warned readers about a newly-discovered security hole in Internet Explorer 7. I'm posting this again because Microsoft now says the flaw affects all supported versions of IE, and because security experts are warning that a large...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 12, 2008; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Who's Tracking You?

The cover story for the January 2009 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine is a piece I wrote about ways marketers, or even stalkers, can track people through technologies many of us use every day. Here's a snippet from that piece:...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 12, 2008; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Safety Tips , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Retail Fraud Rates Plummeted the Night McColo Went Offline

One month after the shutdown of hosting provider McColo Corp., spam volumes are nearly back to the levels seen prior to the company's take down by its upstream Internet providers. But according to one noted fraud expert, spam wasn't the...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 11, 2008; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , Fraud , From the Bunker , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Court Freezes Assets of Alleged 'Scareware' Purveyors

A federal court has frozen the assets of several businesses accused of conspiring to trick more than one million consumers into purchasing and installing "scareware," which uses fake security alerts to frighten consumers into paying for bogus computer security software....

By Brian Krebs  |  December 11, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , Fraud , U.S. Government , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Microsoft Investigating Reports of New IE7 Exploit

Microsoft said it is investigating reports that a new exploit is going around that takes advantage of an unpatched security hole in Internet Explorer 7. The SANS Internet Storm Center, which tracks hacking trends, said today that while the exploit...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 10, 2008; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Microsoft Plugs at Least 28 Security Holes

Microsoft has an early holiday present for Windows users: A batch of eight software updates that plug at least 28 security holes in the widely-used operating system and other Microsoft products. Six out of eight of the update bundles earned...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 9, 2008; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Report: Cybercrime is Winning the Battle Over Cyberlaw

Law enforcement agencies worldwide are losing the battle against cyber crime at a time when criminals are increasingly using the global economic downturn to make headway in recruiting more computers and computer users to further illegal online activities, a scathing...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 9, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , Economy Watch , Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , U.S. Government , Web Fraud 2.0  
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A Scary Twist in Malware Evil-ution

Security experts are warning Internet users to be aware of a disturbing evolution in malicious software that can turn a single infected computer into a vehicle for stealing data from nearby systems, regardless of what operating system or security software...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 8, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Web Fraud 2.0  
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