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Security Fix: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Microsoft Pushing Out IE8 Through Auto Update

Microsoft has begun pushing out Internet Explorer 8, the latest version of its Web browser, to Windows users who are signed up for automatic software updates. If your system has Automatic Updates turned on, you may have already been prompted...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 30, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: automatic updates, ie8, microsoft  
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Facebook Among Top Phished Web Sites

A washingtonpost.com colleague today called my attention to a phishing scam targeting Facebook users that is apparently getting some digital ink from Twitter users and various blogs. I figured this was as good a time as any to note that...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 29, 2009; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings  | Tags: ev certs, facebook, phishing, phishtank  
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Spam From Hijacked Webmail Accounts

A family member called last night, upset and embarrassed that his yahoo.com account was used to blast out spam to all of his contacts. A quick examination of the message headers indicated the spam was indeed sent through his yahoo.com...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: gmail, hotmail, spam, webmail hijack, yahoo  
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Equifax Outage Halts Credit Freezes, Fraud Alerts

If you've frozen your credit file as a protection against identity thieves, you may have to wait a while longer to get it thawed out. Equifax, one of the big three credit reporting bureaus, is still reeling from a system-wide...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 28, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  From the Bunker  | Tags: credit freeze, equifax, fraud alert, ourage  
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Adobe Warns of Potential Reader Flaw

Adobe Systems Inc. is warning about a potential new security flaw in the latest versions of its Adobe Reader products. Update, Apr. 29, 8:17 a.m. ET: Adobe has confirmed that this affects all currently supported, shipping versions of Adobe Reader...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 28, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: 0day, adobe reader, javascript  
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Proposal Would Shore Up Govt. Cyber Defenses

While cyber attacks have evolved dramatically since the beginning of this decade, the regulations governing how federal agencies defend against digital intruders haven't been updated since 2002. Legislation expected to be introduced Tuesday in the Senate would seek to correct...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 27, 2009; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  U.S. Government  | Tags: U.S. ICE, federal cio cto ciso, sen. tom carper  
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Scammers, Spammers Embrace Swine Flu News

There's something vaguely diabolical about a form of unwanted communication named after a brand of canned, chopped pork that piggybacks on a public health scare involving a flu strain derived from swine. Yes, you guessed it: Spammers have seized upon...

By Brian Krebs  |  April 27, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings  | Tags: f-secure, mcafee, swine flu  
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