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Security Fix: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

A makeover for federal cybersecurity reporting

The federal regulations telling agencies how to secure their computer networks are overdue for an overhaul: Even the author of the 2002 law now admits that it needs updating to reflect today's threats from hackers, viruses and cyber spies. Critics...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 30, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  U.S. Government  
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DHS: PhoneSnoop app bugs BlackBerrys

The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is warning BlackBerry users about a spyware program that allows attackers to turn a target's handset into a microphone that can be accessed remotely. PhoneSnoop is a free, remote...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 29, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , U.S. Government  | Tags: flexispy, mobile spy, phonesnoop, us-cert  
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Nastygram: Spoofed FDIC bank fail e-mail

Spam e-mails mimicking the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and warning of additional bank failures are instead the latest bid by cyber crooks to empty your bank account, security experts warn. The messages arrive with subjects such as "FDIC has...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 28, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: fdic, zeus  
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Former anti-virus researcher turns tables on industry

A security researcher shunned by the anti-virus community for violating its unwritten rules has attempted to turn the tables, erecting a Web service that virus writers could use to make their creations more stealthy and undetectable for longer periods of...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 27, 2009; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  From the Bunker  | Tags: avtracker.info, peter kleissner  
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Barackobama.com 'hack' is a hoax

A hacker's claim that he compromised the successor to President Obama's campaign Web site appears to be a hoax, according to information that surfaced since the matter came to light early Monday. The kerfuffle started when a hacker and blogger...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 27, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Bunker , U.S. Government  | Tags: hoax, obama  
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FBI: Cyber crooks stole $40M from U.S. small, mid-sized firms

Cyber criminals have stolen at least $40 million from small to mid-sized companies across America in a sophisticated but increasingly common form of online banking fraud, the FBI said this week. According to the FBI and other fraud experts, the...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 26, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Small Business Victims , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: ach fraud, fbi, zeus  
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