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Security Fix: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Mozilla Disables Microsoft's Insecure Firefox Add-on

Mozilla is disabling a pair of components stealthily installed by Microsoft earlier this year for Windows users of the Firefox Web browser, warning that the software suffers from a serious security vulnerability. Firefox users may already have seen a pop-up...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 17, 2009; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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PayChoice Suffers Another Data Breach

Payroll services provider PayChoice took its Web-based service offline for the second time in a month on Wednesday in response to yet another data breach caused by hackers. Moorestown, N.J. based PayChoice, provides direct payroll processing services and licenses its...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 15, 2009; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings  | Tags: hack, paychoice  
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Researcher: Hackers Hijack Some Facebook Apps

A number of games and other applications built to be used on Facebook.com have been hacked so that users are quietly sent to sites that try to install malicious programs, a security researcher has found. Roger Thompson, chief research officer...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 15, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: avg, facebook, hacked apps  
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Mozilla: Firefox Users, Check Your Plug-ins

Mozilla is now offering Firefox users a simple way to tell whether the browser's various plug-ins are up-to-date with the latest security patches. Plug-ins are components installed by third-party software that power videos, animation and games in the browser, among...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 14, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: firefox, mozilla, plugin check  
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Trojan Turns Smash & Grab Into Grab & Smash

Imagine being in charge of your organization's finances, and learning from your bank one morning that thieves had stolen tens of thousands of dollars from company coffers overnight using your online banking credentials. Now imagine your frustration when you go...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 14, 2009; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Small Business Victims  | Tags: ACH fraud, pease development, zeus  
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Adobe Plugs 29 Critical Reader, Acrobat Holes

Adobe Systems Inc. on Tuesday issued a new version of both Adobe Acrobat and its free Adobe PDF Reader to fix at least 29 separate security vulnerabilities in these products. If you have either (or both) of these programs installed,...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 13, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: 0day, acrobat, adobe reader  
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Microsoft Issues Record Number of Security Updates

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday issued an unprecedented number of updates to fix security problems in PCs powered by its Windows operating systems and other software: The software giant released patches to plug at least 34 security holes, the highest number...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 13, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: microsoft, patch tuesday, windows  
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Avoid Windows Malware: Bank on a Live CD

An investigative series I've been writing about organized cyber crime gangs stealing millions of dollars from small to mid-sized businesses has generated more than a few responses from business owners who were concerned about how best to protect themselves from...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 12, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Small Business Victims , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: live cd, ubuntu, windows  
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E-Banking on a Locked Down (Non-Microsoft) PC

In past Live Online chats and blog posts, I've mentioned any easy way to temporarily convert a Windows PC into a Linux-based computer in order to ensure that your online banking credentials positively can't be swiped by password-stealing malicious software....

By Brian Krebs  |  October 12, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Small Business Victims  | Tags: live cd, online banking, ubuntu  
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