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

PCs Used in Korean DDoS Attacks May Self Destruct

There are signs that the concerted cyber attacks targeting U.S. and Korean government and commercial Web sites this past week are beginning to wane. Yet, even if the assaults were to be completely blocked tomorrow, the attackers could still have...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 9, 2009; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , U.S. Government  | Tags: ddos, mydoom self-destruct  
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Washington Post, White House, FAA, DoD, Others, Targeted in Online Attack

Washingtonpost.com and Security Fix readers may have noticed that our site was a bit slow and occasionally unreachable today. Turns out, the site has been under attack by about 60,000 compromised PCs around the globe for several hours now. We...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 7, 2009; 11:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Fraud , U.S. Government  | Tags: ddos attack  
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High Crimes Using Low-Tech Attacks

Criminals are resurrecting low-tech attacks to siphon tens of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting victims. According to financial fraud experts, so-called "man-in-the-phone" attacks require little more than a telephone and old-fashioned con artistry. The scam works like this: The criminal...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 7, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Predicting Social Security Numbers

The Washington Post today carries a story I wrote about new research, which found that it is possible to guess many -- if not all -- of the nine digits in an individual's Social Security number using publicly available information,...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 7, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  | Tags: acquisti, cmu, gross, ssn  
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Microsoft: Attacks on Unpatched Windows Flaw

Microsoft warned today that hackers are targeting a previously unknown security hole in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems to break into vulnerable PCs. Today's advisory includes instructions on how to mitigate the threat from this flaw. In a...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 6, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: activex, ie, microsoft 0day  
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