Security Updates for Adobe Acrobat, Reader

Adobe Systems Inc. is urging users to update installations of Adobe Reader and Acrobat to fix a critical flaw that attackers have been exploiting to break into vulnerable systems. The update brings Adobe Acrobat and Reader to version 9.3.3 (another update for the older 8.2 line of both products brings the latest version to v. … Читать далее

e-Banking Bandits Stole $465,000 From Calif. Escrow Firm

A California escrow firm has been forced to take out a pricey loan to pay back $465,000 that was stolen when hackers hijacked the company’s online bank account earlier this year. In March, computer criminals broke into the network of Redondo Beach based Village View Escrow Inc. and sent 26 consecutive wire transfers to 20 … Читать далее

Anti-virus is a Poor Substitute for Common Sense

–“Common sense always speaks too late.” — Raymond Chandler A new study about the (in)efficacy of anti-virus software in detecting the latest malware threats is a much-needed reminder that staying safe online is more about using your head than finding the right mix or brand of security software. Last week, security software testing firm NSS … Читать далее

Exploiting the Exploiters

Most computer users understand the concept of security flaws in common desktop software such as media players and instant message clients, but the same users often are surprised to learn that the very software tools attackers use to break into networks and computers typically are riddled with their own hidden security holes. Indeed, bugs that … Читать далее

Security Updates for Firefox, Opera Browsers

Mozilla has shipped a new version of Firefox that corrects a number of vulnerabilities in the browser. Separately, a new version of Opera is available that fixes at least five security flaws in the software. Firefox version 3.6.4 addresses seven security holes ranging from lesser bugs to critical flaws. Mozilla says this latest version of … Читать далее

The Case for Cybersecurity Insurance, Part I

In very few of the many stories I’ve written about online banking fraud against businesses has insurance paid for much — if any — of the losses victim companies suffered. However, several victims I’ve interviewed in recent incidents did have cybersecurity insurance coverage bundled as part of larger business risk insurance policies. In each case, … Читать далее

A Spike in Phone Phishing Attacks?

A couple of readers have written in to say they recently received automated telephone calls warning about fraud on their credit card accounts and directing them to call a phone number to “verify” their credit card numbers. These voice phishing attacks, sometimes called “vishing,” are a good reminder that today’s scam artists often abuse a … Читать далее

Drug Charges Against Accused AT&T/iPad Hacker

A hacker in a group that discovered the AT&T iPad-related flaw was arrested on drug charges following the execution of an FBI search warrant of his home in Arkansas on Tuesday, according to published reports. CNET’s Elinor Mills writes that the FBI found a broad selection of narcotics at the home of a man tied … Читать далее

Police Arrest 178 in U.S.-Europe Raid on Credit Card ‘Cloning Labs’

Equipment seized from a 'cloning lab'. Photo courtesy Spanish Ministry of Interior. Police have arrested 178 people in Europe and the United States suspected of cloning credit and debit cards in an international scam worth over 20 million euro ($24.52 million), according to a report from Reuters and authorities in Spain. The stories so far … Читать далее

Unpatched Windows XP Flaw Being Exploited

A security vulnerability in Microsoft Windows XP systems that was first disclosed a week ago is now being actively exploited by malicious Web sites to foist malware on vulnerable PCs, according to reports. Last week, Google researcher Tavis Ormandy disclosed the details of a flaw in the Microsoft Help & Support Center on Windows XP … Читать далее