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Security Fix: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

Microsoft: Attackers Target Unpatched Excel Flaw

Microsoft Corp. is warning computer users that attackers are now exploiting a previously unknown security hole in the company's Excel spreadsheet software to break into vulnerable systems. The vulnerability, which appears to be present in all supported versions of Microsoft...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 27, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: autorun, excel, exploit, microsoft  
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ID Fraud, Abusive Debt Collectors Top Consumer Gripes in '08

Identity fraud was the top complaint consumers lodged last year with the Federal Trade Commission, followed by gripes about harassing and abusive debt collectors, the agency reported today. Of the 1,223,370 complaints the FTC received last year, 313,982 - or...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 26, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fraud , U.S. Government  | Tags: debt collectors, fraud, ftc, id theft, identity theft  
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Adobe Issues Security Update for Flash Player

Adobe Systems Inc. has shipped an update for its ubiquitous Flash player that fixes at least five security flaws. A few of the flaws are critical, meaning users could have malicious software installed on their system merely by visiting a...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 25, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: adobe, flash, patch  
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Adobe Urges Stopgap Changes To Blunt Cyber Threat

Adobe Systems Inc. has found itself in the midst of a public relations maelstrom of the sort once reserved only for Microsoft Corp., as security experts chastise the company for not moving fast enough to address a critical security hole...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 25, 2009; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: adobe, javascript, shadowserver, sourcefire  
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Just Say "No" To Gmail "ViddyHo" Chats

A crazy number of readers have written in asking what they should do about unsolicited instant messages coming in from their Gmail accounts. The messages are from a site called ViddyHo urging them to "check out this video." I hope...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 24, 2009; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: chat, gmail, viddyho  
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The Tigger Trojan: Icky, Sticky Stuff

A relatively unknown data-stealing Trojan horse program that has claimed more than a quarter-million victims in the span of a few months aptly illustrates the sophistication of modern malware and the importance of a multi-layered approach to security. When analysts...

By Brian Krebs  |  February 24, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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