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ASP.NET Holiday Patches

It’s the end of 2011 as we know it, and Microsoft feels fine finishing out the year with a handful of out-of-band holiday patches. This round is important not because the vulnerabilities directly impact massive numbers of customers and their online behavior on Windows laptops, tablets, and workstations, but because ASP.NET maintains vulnerable code allowing for easy DoS of hosting websites, authentication bypass techniques, and stealth redirections to other websites (most dangerously those sites host phish and hosting client side exploits). All of this could curdle your eggnog in the coldest of weather. Read Full Article

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Android malware: new traps for users

There is no secret that cybercriminals try to intimidate users very often in order to infect their machines. We’ve seen a lot of examples of cybercriminals using black SEO for redirecting users to web pages which emulate AV scanning. And there is no surprise that the results of such ‘scanning’ show that the user’s machine is infected with a lot of dangerous malicious apps and it is very essential to download and install a brand new ‘antivirus program’ which is actually fake AV. But what about smartphones and mobile phones? Cybercriminals have started to use almost the same techniques in order to force users to download and install malware. But in this case we talk about SMS Trojans with fake AV rudiments. Here are some details. Read Full Article

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Thousands of European cards blocked following payment processor breach

Several Eastern European banks have started notifying their customers in the beginning of last week that their cards have been blocked and will be replaced with new ones. Most of the banks did not give out any more details about what happened, and in many cases even failed to notify their customers prior to actually blocking their cards. Is it just another day in the payment processing business? Based on the rushed response from banks and the lack of information surrounding the case, I would say no. Read Full Article

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Patch Tuesday December 2011

Microsoft finishes out this year of patching with a heavy release that’s all over place. While techs were notified of an anticipated 14 bulletins, 13 were released for the month of December. Headline grabbing events and code are addressed in one of them, and while fewer are labelled “Critical”, are they any less important? Read Full Article