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Security Fix: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Default Passwords Led to $55 Million in Bogus Phone Charges

The U.S. Justice Department today unsealed indictments against three Filipino residents accused of hacking into thousands of private telephone networks in the United States and abroad, and then selling access to those networks at call centers in Italy that advertised...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 12, 2009; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , Fraud , U.S. Government , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: pbx hacking  
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Spear-Phishing Gang Resurfaces, Nets Big Catch

A prolific phishing gang known for using sophisticated and targeted e-mail attacks to siphon cash from small to mid-sized business bank accounts appears to be back in operation after more than a 5-month hiatus, security experts warn. From Feb. 2007...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 10, 2009; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: idefense, spear phishing  
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Adobe Issues Security Updates for Reader, Acrobat

Adobe Systems Inc. on Tuesday released security updates to remedy at least 13 security flaws in its PDF Reader and Acrobat software. Updates are available for Mac and Windows versions of both programs. Last month, Adobe said it would begin...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 10, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  New Patches  | Tags: acrobat, adobe reader  
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Microsoft Issues Record Number of Security Updates

Microsoft Corp. issued a record-breaking number of software security updates today, shipping patches that plug at least 31 different security flaws in its Windows operating systems and other software. More than half of the security holes Microsoft plugged with June's...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 9, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: june 2009 patch tuesday  
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The Fallout from the 3FN Takedown

The Federal Trade Commission's unprecedented recent takedown against troubled Web hosting provider 3FN.net has had an immediate -- if little noticed -- impact on the level of spam sent worldwide, and the number of infected PCs doing the spamming, according...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 9, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , Fraud , From the Bunker , U.S. Government  | Tags: 3fn, ftc takedown cutwail, pricewert  
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Unshrinking Shortened Web Links

Social networking Web sites are contributing to an explosion in the number of services that help people convert long URLs into tiny Web links. URL shrinking services are especially useful on sites that place a premium on brevity -- such...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 9, 2009; 6:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: lengtheners, url shorteners  
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T-Mobile Investigating Data Breach Claims

Wireless phone giant T-Mobile said today it is investigating claims that hackers have broken in and stolen customer data and company proprietary information. On Saturday, June 6, someone anonymously posted to the Full Disclosure security mailing list claims that a...

By Brian Krebs  |  June 8, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags: full disclosure, t-mobile  
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