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Security Fix: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Apple Slow To Fix Java Flaws

Instructions showing wannabe Mac-hackers a way to remotely take control over OS X systems through an unpatched security hole have been posted online. The researcher who published the blueprints said he did so to nudge Apple into fixing the problem,...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 22, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Safety Tips  | Tags: apple, java, landon fuller, time to patch  
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Report: IRS Created Dumpster-Diver Swimming Holes

The Internal Revenue Service has long advised consumers to shred old tax returns and other documents that contain sensitive data, as a way to thwart identity thieves who sometimes root through trash bins in search of identity information. But it...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 21, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  From the Bunker , U.S. Government  | Tags: dumpster diving, irs, tigta  
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Investment Firms Report Increased Credit & Debit Card Fraud

Financial institutions in the securities and futures industries last year reported a large increase in the number of suspicious transactions attributed to debit and credit card fraud -- nearly double the number reported in 2007, new statistics released by the...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 21, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Economy Watch , Fraud , U.S. Government  | Tags: 2008, credit card fraud, finCEN, sars  
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Adobe Adopts Microsoft's Patch Tuesday Approach

Following a series of high-profile attacks that leveraged security vulnerabilities in its PDF Reader and Acrobat applications, Adobe Systems Inc. is making a major push to revamp its approach to security. The company said today that it plans to ship...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 20, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: adobe acrobat, adobe reader, patch tuesday  
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MyIDscore.com Offers Free ID Theft Risk Score

Consumers trying to determine their risk of becoming an identity theft victim typically are told to check their credit report for signs of unauthorized or suspicious activity. But a new Web-based service aims to give users a view into tricks...

By Brian Krebs  |  May 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Fraud , Safety Tips  | Tags: id analytics, id theft, myidscore.com  
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