Security

ID theft, vulnerabilities, privacy issues, etc

Security Advisories

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Security
  • Gentoo update for gld & axel

  • Red Hat update for kdegraphics, dhcp & gaim

  • Debian update for axel

LexisNexis profiles theft worse than reported

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Security

Up to 10 times as many people as originally thought may have had their profiles stolen from a LexisNexis database in the United States, publisher and data broker Reed Elsevier Group PLC said today.

OpenOffice Confirms Buffer Overflow Flaw

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Security

The OpenOffice.org community on Tuesday confirmed the existence of a potentially serious heap-overflow vulnerability in its freely distributed office productivity suite.

Other Security Advisories

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Security
  • Gentoo update for phpmyadmin

  • SUSE update for kdelibs3

  • Mambo zOOm Media Gallery Module "catid" SQL Injection

KDE kdelibs PCX Image Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

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KDE
Security

Bruno Rohee has reported a higthly critical vulnerability in KDE kdelibs, which potentially can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a vulnerable system.

Rootkit Web sites fall to DDOS attack

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Two prominent Web sites that specialize in remote access software known as "rootkits" have been taken offline by a large distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. The take-down was allegedly ordered by a shadowy group of hackers and rootkit authors who took offense to criticisms of their software posted on the sites.

Net users learn to live with spam

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Security

Net users are as annoyed as ever about spam, but seem to be getting used to it, says a report.

Electronic Passports May Make Americans Targets

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Security

Remotely readable RFID chips in the new passports could introduce privacy and security risks.

Security Advisories

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Security
  • Ubuntu has issued updates for the kernel.

  • SUSE Updates for Multiple Packages

  • KDE KMail User Interface Spoofing Vulnerability

  • Red Hat Patches Critical Hole in XFree86

Microsoft warms up for patch Tuesday

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Microsoft
Security

Microsoft is to release a slew of new patches on 12 April as part of its monthly upgrade cycle, the company said in a posting on its website.

Eight new patches from Microsoft

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Microsoft
Security

Microsoft will release eight Patches For Windows, Office, Exchange, and MSN Messenger, at least half of which will be marked "critical."

Stolen computers contain data on 185,000 patients

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A San Jose-based medical practice has notified about 185,000 current and former patients about the theft of their personal information contained on two computers stolen from its offices during a burglary March 28. The computers contained names, addresses, confidential medical information and Social Security numbers.

Maine man sentenced to 6 years for eBay scam

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Security

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to more than six years in prison and assessed $118,000 in restitution for perpetrating an extensive Internet fraud scheme, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Maine.

"We're glad he's going to jail," an Ebay spokesman said.

Uncle Sam Leads Top 12 Spam Producing Nations

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Security

Based on the analysis, experts found that the United States topped the Dirty Dozen chart once again, exporting an average of 35.70%, or more than one-third of the world's total volume of spam.

Judge Sentences Spammer to Nine Years

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Security
Legal

A Virginia judge sentenced a spammer to nine years in prison Friday in the nation's first felony prosecution for sending junk e-mail, though the sentence was postponed while the case is appealed.

Big brother will watch you in the office

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Security

HITACHI is demonstrating a system which means that if you're in the office you'll be able to run, but you may not be able to hide.

Geeez...

Company develops way to restore cookies

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Software
Security

The company behind those floating ads that dance across Web pages has developed a way to restore the data profiles that many privacy-conscious users try to delete from their computers.

Phoney Microsoft mail causes concern

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Security

And another from the ain't-you-glad-you-run-linux dept:

A phoney email purporting to come from Microsoft is installing Trojan software on computers around the world.

Phishing Scam Targets Windows Update

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Microsoft
Security

A phishing scam emulating the Windows Update Service hit Australia yesterday, designed to not only emulate the update page perfectly, but circumvent current antivirus, spyware and adware programs.

US nuclear waste could provide terror target

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Security

A large cloud of lethal radioactive fallout could be released by a terrorist attack on the nuclear waste stored at up to 103 reactors in the US, according to an expert report for the US National Academy of Sciences.

Oh great, let's give 'em ideas! Tongue

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