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Security Fix: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

Consider the Source, Not Just the File Type

An uptick in malware that infects music files being traded on popular peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks should give Windows users pause about downloading songs from unknown sources. Symantec is reporting a spike in the number of audio files infected with...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 6, 2009; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Quick Poll: Many Smaller Banks Hit By Heartland Breach

In another sign that the recently disclosed data breach at credit card processing giant Heartland Payment Systems may indeed be one for the record books, a quick survey of community banks indicates that a majority of institutions have been notified...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 6, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Data Breach Led to Multi-Million Dollar ATM Heists

A nationwide ATM heist late last year netted thieves $9 million in cash in one day, according to published reports. The coordinated attack stemmed from a computer intrusion at payment processor RBS WorldPay. Atlanta-based RBS WorldPay announced on Dec. 23...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 5, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fraud , Web Fraud 2.0  
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OpenOffice Installs Insecure Java Version

An alert reader let me know that the latest version of OpenOffice, the open source alternative to the Microsoft Office productivity suite, also installs a very old, insecure version of Java. Users who accept the default installation options for OpenOffice...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 4, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , New Patches  
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Report: Most Spam Sites Tied to Just 10 Registrars

Nearly 83 percent of all Web sites advertised through spam can be traced back to just 10 domain name registrars, according to a study to be released this week. The data come from millions of junk messages collected over the...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 4, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Data Breaches More Costly Than Ever

Organizations that experienced a data breach paid an average of $6.6 million last year to rebuild their brand image and retain customers following public disclosures of the incidents, according to a new study. The fourth annual survey by the Ponemon...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 2, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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