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Security Fix: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

DHS Seeking 1,000 Cyber Security Experts

The Department of Homeland Security is poised to go on a geek hiring spree. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Thursday that the agency has been cleared to hire at least 1,000 new cybersecurity professionals over the next three years to...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 1, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  From the Bunker , U.S. Government  | Tags: cyber, dhs, nsa, sans  
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Hackers Breach Payroll Giant, Target Customers

Hackers last week apparently used stolen account information from a New Jersey company that provides online payroll services to target the firm's customers in a scheme to steal passwords and other information. Moorestown, N.J. based PayChoice, provides direct payroll processing...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 30, 2009; 9:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: onlineemployer.com, paychoice, zbot, zeus  
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Stress Testing Microsoft's Free Anti-virus Offering

Microsoft's free new anti-virus product is earning decent marks in preliminary tests, putting it roughly on par with many other stand-alone anti-virus products available today. A number of readers seem keen to try out Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), but are...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 30, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Tags: microsoft free av, microsoft security essentials  
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Microsoft's Free Anti-virus Tool Now Available

Windows users looking for a free anti-virus alternative can now take advantage of an offering from Microsoft, which today began offering its Security Essentials anti-virus program. Microsoft Security Essentials is a real-time and on-demand anti-virus scanner that is free for...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 29, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Safety Tips  | Tags: free av, microsoft security essentials  
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New IRS Scam E-mail Could Be Costly

The Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team is warning Internet users to be on guard against a convincing e-mail virus scam disguised as a message from auditors at the Internal Revenue Service. According to one victim interviewed by...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 28, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Small Business Victims , U.S. Government  | Tags: dhs, irs, money mules, zeus  
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Cyber Gangs Hit Healthcare Providers

Organized cyber thieves that have stolen millions from corporations and schools over the past few months recently defrauded several health care providers, including a number of non-profit organizations that cater to the disabled and the uninsured. The victims are the...

By Brian Krebs  |  September 28, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Small Business Victims , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: ach fraud, kids co., medlink, money mules, steuben arc  
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