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Security Fix: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Poking at Google's new privacy Dashboard

Google this week unveiled a new feature called Dashboard, intended to give users a way to view -- and in modest ways limit -- the breadth of information the search giant collects about our online lives. To check out Dashboard,...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 6, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Safety Tips  | Tags: dashboard, google, privacy  
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Updates for Adobe's Shockwave, Sun's Java

Sun Microsystems has issued an update to its Java software that fixes at least one security vulnerability. Separately, Adobe is pushing out a patch to plug four security holes in its Shockwave Player. The Sun patch brings Java 6 to...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 5, 2009; 10:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: adobe shockwave, java, sun  
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SnapNames: Former exec. bid up domain prices

SnapNames, the largest reseller of Web site names, Wednesday alleged that a former top executive secretly bid on tens of thousands of domain name auctions over the past four years, driving up costs for other bidders and enriching himself in...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 4, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Business e-banking and the 6-figure password

On Monday, Security Fix featured the story of Ronnie Cutshall, a Tennessee man who was caught up in an international money laundering scam after being recruited through a work-at-home job offer. That story mentioned that Cutshall received a $9,600 transfer...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 4, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Small Business Victims , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: ach fraud, money mules, zeus  
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Spike in Social Media Malware, Phishing Attacks

E-mail scams targeting users of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are blurring the lines between traditional phishing attacks and those designed to plant password-stealing malicious software on the victim's PC. For the past week, scammers have been blasting...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 4, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: phishing, phishme, zeus  
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What Windows Autorun Has Wrought

A new report by Microsoft shows that the two most prevalent threats to Windows PCs in the first half of 2009 were malicious programs that have been aided mightily in their spread by a decision by Microsoft to allow the...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 2, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  From the Bunker , New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: autorun, microsoft  
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FDIC: Uptick in 'money mule' scams

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is warning financial institutions about an uptick in scams involving unauthorized funds transfers from hacked online bank accounts to so-called "money mules," people hired through work-at-home scams to help cyber criminals overseas launder money....

By Brian Krebs  |  November 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Small Business Victims , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: fdic, money mules, paychoice  
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