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Security Fix: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

Conficker Worm Awakens, Downloads Rogue Anti-virus Software

Security experts nervously watching computers infested with the prolific Conficker computer worm say they have begun seeing infected hosts downloading additional software, including a new rogue anti-virus product. Since its debut late last year, the collection of hundreds of thousands...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: conficker worm, rogue anti-virus, russkranians, scareware, spywareprotect2009  
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Digital Pearl Harbor, Cyber 9/11, and E-Qaeda

From today's print edition of The Washington Post come a pair of alarming stories about how Chinese hackers and terrorist groups have infiltrated our electric power grid and are using our own digital infrastructure against us. A piece on page...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 9, 2009; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  From the Bunker  | Tags: cyber terrorism, eqaeda, power grid hack, taliban  
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Microsoft: Dramatic Rise in 'Scareware' Infections

"Scareware," or programs that masquerade as legitimate security and anti-virus software and then frighten and bully users into paying for them, have emerged as the most prolific and fastest-growing threats facing PC users, according to a biannual security report released...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 8, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings  | Tags: mccolo, microsoft, rogue security software, scareware  
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Time to Update Java

Sun Microsystems has shipped an update to its widely deployed Java platform that fixes multiple security flaws present in older versions. The latest Java software, Java Version 6 Update 13, is available from this link here. Not sure what version...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 7, 2009; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: java, patch, sun microsystems  
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Web Sites Disrupted By Attack on Register.com

Web site host and domain name registrar Register.com has been the target of a sustained attack this week, disrupting service for thousands of customers. The attacks began on Wednesday, causing a three-hour outage for many Web sites that rely on...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 5, 2009; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fraud  | Tags: DDoS, attack, register.com  
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