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Security Fix: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Phishers angling for Web site administrators

Scam e-mail artists have launched a massive campaign to trick webmasters into giving up the credentials needed to administer their Web sites, targeting site owners at more than 90 online hosting providers. Experts say the attackers are attempting to build...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 5, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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Apple issues security updates for Mac OS X

Apple this week pushed an update for Leopard and Snow Leopard systems that plugs a large number of security holes in Apple's version of Java, a package installed by default on those Mac OS X systems that enables a number...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 4, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: adobe 0day, java, mac os x  
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Bit.ly to scour shortened links for badness

Scammers and spammers soon will have a tougher time masking links to their malicious Web sites using bit.ly, one of the more popular link-shortening services out there: The company said this week it is teaming with three security firms to...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 3, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Safety Tips  | Tags: bit.ly, url shorteners  
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DC businessman loses thousands after clicking on wrong e-mail

Pay-per-click revenue in the online advertising business may be diminishing for traditional media publishers, but thieves increasingly are earning five- to seven-digit returns when victims click on a booby-trapped link or attachment sent via e-mail. The latest victim to learn...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 1, 2009; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Nastygram , Safety Tips , Small Business Victims , U.S. Government  | Tags: zeus  
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Nastygram: CDC 'swine flu' vaccine scam

E-mail scam artists are impersonating the Centers for Disease Control with a bogus e-mail that claims to offer information about a state-run vaccination program for the H1N1 "Swine Flu" contagion. This highly topical and plausible e-mail message directs recipients...

By Brian Krebs  |  December 1, 2009; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nastygram , Safety Tips  | Tags: cdc  
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Nastygram: Bogus DHL e-mails harbor secret message

A recent spam run that tries to distribute malicious software disguised as a DHL package tracking number contains a poorly hidden message that insults the Security Fix author by name. According to an analysis by security firm Sophos, the...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 30, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Hackers attempt to take $1.3 million from D.C. firm

It has been a while since I've written about online banking fraud against small to mid-sized businesses, but I assure you the criminals perpetrating these attacks have been busier than ever. In fact, from more than a dozen incidents I've...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 30, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Small Business Victims , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: ach fraud  
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Eight tips for safe online shopping

Shopping online is a great way to save time and money, but those efficiencies quickly vanish for people who lack basic online shopping smarts. Take a few minutes to review these safe shopping tips: They may just save you a...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 29, 2009; 9:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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