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Tech Alert Briefing for 3/30/2007

March 30, 2007
Update covering March 23 - March 29, 2007

Welcome to Tech Talk! In this week's edition of Tech Talk, BOL Guru Jeff Patterson warns that TJX's data breach was the largest ever.


Jeff Patterson,
BOL GURUYou'll also read about:

  • Microsoft's animated cursor flaw
  • A Windows proxy server protocol problem
  • Big increases in ID theft
  • Surprising sources for phishing emails, and
  • The latest US-CERT Vulnerability Summary

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TJX Breach Largest Ever
InformationWeekreports that the TJX Companies data breach was the largest ever.More than 45 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen, according to a recent report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.However, due to the lack of controls, the full extent of the damage may never be discovered.

Cursed Cursors?
Microsoft has announced a flaw in the way Windows handles animated cursor files.Simply visiting a malicious web site or opening an infected email could result in a victim's computer being compromised.Read the Microsoft Security Advisoryfor more info.SecurityFixreports that active exploits already exist for this flaw.

Attacks by Proxy?
US-CERTwarns Windows users that a flaw in the Web Proxy Automatic Discovery protocol could allow an attacker to redirect traffic through a malicious proxy server and intercept web and email traffic.A second warningadvises Windows users that exploit code is available for the ADODB.Connection ActiveX control flaw.

A Million Stolen SSNs on Web
Explosive growth in phishing and malware attacks have lead to a dramatic increase in identity theft incidents.One study found over a million suspected stolen Social Security Numbers on the web.Read the full story in InformationWeek.

Big Phish from Big Companies
A large amount of the phishing emails and other spam is coming from compromised computers at some of the world's largest companies.Oracle, HP, ExxonMobil, Home Depot and Best Buy are just a few of the companies discovered by an audit of trapped spam emails.Read the full story in SecurityFixand make sure you don't have any computers spewing spam.

US-CERT Lists 162
The US-CERT Vulnerability Summary for the Week of March 19, 2007, lists sixty-four High, thirty-one Medium and sixty-seven Low severity vulnerabilities.Vulnerabilities were announced in Apache's HTTP Server and Tomcat, multiple Cisco products, F-Secure Anti-Virus, IBM's Websphere Application Server, the Linksys WAG200G, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, Microsoft's Windows XP and Vista, Windows Server 2003, Internet Explorer, Visual Studio .NET, Mozilla's Firefox, OpenOffice, Opera, Oracle's Application Server, Symantec Personal Firewall, Trend Micro Anti-Virus, and the Linux kernel.


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