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Security Fix: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Hundreds of Stolen Data Dumps Found

A comprehensive new study that peers into huge troves of financial data stolen by cyber thieves confirms what experts have surmised from looking at much smaller, isolated caches of digital loot: That criminals can make hundreds, even thousands, of dollars...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 18, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fraud , Safety Tips , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: zeus  
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Firefox 2 Users Will Get No More Security Updates

Security Fix has often praised Mozilla for equipping its Firefox Web browser with a no-hassle system for automatically applying security updates. But for those users still browsing the Interwebs with anything less than Firefox 3, it's time to take note:...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 17, 2008; 9:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch to Curb Password-Stealing Hackers

Microsoft today issued an emergency update to plug a critical security hole present in all versions of its Internet Explorer Web browser, a flaw that hackers have been leveraging to steal data from millions of Windows users. The patch, which...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 17, 2008; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  New Patches  
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CheckFree.com Hijack May Have Affected 160,000 Users

Online bill pay giant CheckFree.com said the hijacking of its Web site this month affected an estimated 160,000 people, a disclosure that offers the most detailed account yet of the true size and scope of a brazen type of attack...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 17, 2008; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Google Ads Lead to Phony Apps

Web security firm Websense is warning that scam artists have hijacked Google's sponsored links to spread rogue anti-virus software. While this type of attack is not new, I was amazed to find how deeply Google's ad program appears to be...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 16, 2008; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Microsoft: Emergency Patch for IE Flaw Coming Wednesday

Microsoft is signaling that it plans to ship an emergency software update on Wednesday to fix a dangerous security hole in its Internet Explorer Web browser that thousands of compromised Web sites have been using to install malicious software. Microsoft...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 16, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Fraud , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Apple Patches 21 Security Flaws

Apple has released software updates to fix at least 21 security vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system and other software for the Mac. The patches are available via Software Update or Apple Downloads. Seven of the updates included...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 16, 2008; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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