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IE, Excel fixes star in bumper Patch Tuesday     Internet Explorer and Excel security updates are the most pressing patching priorities from the bumper crop of 16 bulletins issued as part of Microsoft's June Patch Tuesday updates.   Nine of the bulletins carry a maximum severity of "critical" while the remaining seven earn the lesser tag of "important".   Tuesday also brought critical fixes for Adobe Reader and Oracle for Java, placing an even heavier burden on sys admins.   Security services firm Qualys rates a patch which address 11 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer...
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Creditsafe suspends website in wake of drive-by download attack     UK credit reference and credit recovery agency creditsafe.co.uk took its site offline on Tuesday, as a precaution, following a hacking attack. The site remains offline at the time of writing on Wednesday afternoon.   Miscreants planted malicious code on Creditsafe Limited's1 website. This code had the effect of redirecting surfers to a hacker controlled website that attempted to drop malware onto the PCs of surfers, likely using unlatched browser exploits or similar methods   Hackers often plant malicious code...
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LulzSec hacks EVE Online as rampage goes on       Updated Prolific hacker pranksters LulzSec took out sci-fi game EVE Online on Tuesday as part of a run of attacks apparently perpetrated purely for the lulz.   A DDoS attack left EVE Online offline for around five hours as part of an operation called Titanic Takeover Tuesday. CCP Games, the firm behind the popular multiplayer game, said that it took both EVE Online and its own website offline as a precaution, fearing that the DDoS attacks could act as a smokescreen for deeper penetrating assaults.   CCP Games said this drastic...
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Codemasters pulls website after hackers pwn customer database         Games developer Codemasters has taken its website offline and advised users to change their passwords in the aftermath of a hack attack last week.   Unknown attackers made off with a treasure trove of personal information following an attack on Codemaster' website last Friday (3 June). Hackers got access to the Codemasters CodeM database, EStore, and code redemption pages.     Details lost included members' names, usernames, screen names, email addresses, dates of birth, encrypted passwords,...
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Spanish police cuff three Anonymous hack suspects     Updated Spanish national police have arrested three suspected members of the infamous Anonymous hacking crew.   The arrests in Barcelona, Alicante and Almeria involve suspects who allegedly had the ability to direct operations for Anonymous, the loosely affiliated hacking crew. Spanish police claim to have disrupted a key cell of the organisation. A server hosted in the Spanish city of Gijon was seized as part of these raids.     Investigators reckon the group is responsible for masterminding attacks on the Spain's Central...
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Microsoft Says Rustock Botnet Still Dead, Advertises In Russia To Notify Culprits     As you may be aware, nearly two months ago Microsoft and federal law enforcement agents cracked down on the infamous Rustock botnet, which was responsible for a lot of the spam you hopefully never receive.   This morning, the Redmond software giant posted a status update on its company blog, positing that Rustock is still “dead and decaying”.   Microsoft also surprised with the announcement that it is placing quarter-page advertisements in two mainstream Russian newspapers “to...

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