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IRS Warns of Online Scams

January 27th, 2010 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of reports of tax season phishing scams. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued a news release on its website warning consumers about potential scams. These scams are circulating via fraudulent email or other online messages appearing to come from the IRS. They attempt to convince consumers to reveal personal and financial information that can be used to gain access to bank accounts, credit cards, and other financial institutions.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to do the following to mitigate the risks:

Microsoft Releases Two Out-of-Band Security Bulletins and a Security Advisory

July 30th, 2009 . by DarkFiber Consulting

Microsoft has released two out-of-band security bulletins. The first bulletin, MS09-034, is a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer that addresses several vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code. The second bulletin, MS09-035, addresses vulnerabilities in the Visual Studio Active Template Library (ATL). Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Additionally, Microsoft has released security advisory 973882 to provide specific guidance for developers, IT professionals, consumers, and home users regarding the vulnerabilities in Active Template Library (ATL).

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft Security Bulletins MS09-034 and MS09-035 and Microsoft Security Advisory 973882 and apply any necessary updates or workarounds to help mitigate the risks. Additional information can be found in Technical Cyber Security Alert TA09-209A.