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Security Fix: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Planting Your Flag at Social Networking Sites

On Thursday I shared a laugh with a source at the expense of a mutual acquaintance: a security expert who has for the most part eschewed social networking sites. We were howling because someone who obviously knew enough about this...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 24, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Safety Tips , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: knowem.com, paranoia, social networking  
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Hack Against ISP Hijacks Bank, Google Adsense

Hackers hijacked a major Brazilian ISP this month in a sophisticated attack that silently served up malicious software and phishing scams to more than a million customers. According to Brazilian news outlet Globo.com, unknown attackers hijacked the domain name system...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 24, 2009; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: NET Virtua, bradesco, dns hijack, opendns  
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Earthlink Outage Blamed on Earth Day Power Failure

Atlanta based Internet service provider Earthlink had an outage for several hours on Wednesday, temporarily interrupting e-mail service. It also knocked offline many of the 87,000 Web sites it hosts, including the company's own homepage. Several readers have written Security...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 23, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Tags: earth day, earthlink, irony, outage  
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IRS Awards Tax Payment Contract to RBS Worldpay

The Internal Revenue Service has awarded a contract to process tax return payments for the coming filing season to RBS Worldpay, a company that recently disclosed that a hacker break-in jeopardized financial data on 1.5 million payroll card holders and...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 23, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Bunker , U.S. Government  | Tags: irs, rbs worldpay  
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Obama's Cyber Czar Offers Few Details on Govt. Strategy

Those who were hoping to hear details today about how the Obama administration plans to revamp the government's approach to cyber security threats may have to wait a little while longer. In a much-anticipated speech at the RSA security conference...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 22, 2009; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  U.S. Government  | Tags: cyber security review, melissa hathaway, obama  
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Congress Investigating P2P Data Breaches

A key oversight panel in the House of Representatives said this week that it is re-opening an investigation into the "indavertent sharing" of sensitive government and consumer data through popular peer-to-peer file swapping programs such as BearShare and Limewire. The...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 22, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  U.S. Government  | Tags: bearshare, data breach, house government reform, limewire, p2p  
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Time for an Internet A-Team?

Last week, I spoke to Joe Stewart, a senior security researcher at Atlanta based SecureWorks who probably has done more than any other researcher to make life more difficult and expensive for cyber crooks. Stewart is speaking at the RSA...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 22, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  From the Bunker  | Tags: cybercrime, joe stewart, secureworks  
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Cyber Spies Breach Pentagon's Fighter Jet Project

Cyber spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project - the defense department's costliest weapons program ever, according to the lead item in today's Wall Street Journal. From the story: Similar incidents have also breached the...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 21, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  From the Bunker , U.S. Government  | Tags: cybr spies, dhs, joint strike fighter, nsa, wsj  
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