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Security Fix: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Alpha Software disclosure leads to confusion

A few days ago, Security Fix heard from a reader who received a breach notification so casual in tone that he asked me to verify whether it was for real. Sure enough, Burlington, Mass.-based database application company Alpha Software Inc....

By Brian Krebs  |  November 20, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Safety Tips  | Tags: alpha software breach  
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FDA targets rogue Internet pharmacies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pressuring a number of Internet service providers to shut off nearly 12 dozen Web sites alleged to be selling counterfeit or unapproved prescription drugs. The FDA's office of criminal investigations said it sent...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 19, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , Fraud , Web Fraud 2.0  
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Bill would ban P2P use on federal networks, PCs

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee introduced legislation on Tuesday to prohibit the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software across all federal government computers and networks. The "Secure Federal File Sharing Act" would direct the White...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 18, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  U.S. Government  | Tags: p2p  
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Experts: Smart grid poses privacy risks

Technologists already are worried about the security implications of linking nearly all elements of the U.S. power grid to the public Internet. Now, privacy experts are warning that the so-called "smart grid" efforts could usher in a new class of...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 18, 2009; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , U.S. Government  | Tags: privacy, smart grird  
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Microsoft warns of Windows 7 security hole

Microsoft has confirmed reports of a security flaw in its Windows operating system that hackers could use to temporarily destabilize Windows 7 PCs. The software giant also acknowledged that blueprints for exploiting the flaw are now available online. At issue...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 17, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: microsoft, windows 7  
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