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  • Scientology Seeks Captive Converts Via Google Maps, Drug Rehab Centers

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    Fake online reviews generated by unscrupulous marketers blanket the Internet these days. Although online review pollution isn't exactly a hot-button consumer issue, there are plenty of cases in which phony reviews may endanger one's life or well-being. This is the story about how searching for drug abuse treatment services online could cause concerned loved ones to send their addicted, vulnerable friends or family members straight into the arms of the Church of Scientology.
  • How to Spot Ingenico Self-Checkout Skimmers

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    A KrebsOnSecurity story last month about credit card skimmers found in self-checkout lanes at some Walmart locations got picked up by quite a few publications. Since then I've heard from several readers who work at retailers that use hundreds of thousands of these Ingenico credit card terminals across their stores, and all wanted to know the same thing: How could they tell if their self-checkout lanes were compromised? This post provides a few pointers.
  • Rise of Darknet Stokes Fear of The Insider

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    With the proliferation of shadowy black markets on the so-called "darknet" -- hidden crime bazaars that can only be accessed through special software that obscures one's true location online -- it has never been easier for disgruntled employees to harm their current or former employer. At least, this is the fear driving a growing stable of companies seeking technical solutions to detect would-be insiders.
  • Citing Attack, GoToMyPC Resets All Passwords

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    GoToMyPC, a service that helps people access and control their computers remotely over the Internet, is forcing all users to change their passwords, citing a spike in attacks that target people who re-use passwords across multiple sites.
  • Adobe Update Plugs Flash Player Zero-Day

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    Adobe on Thursday issued a critical update for its ubiquitous Flash Player software that fixes three dozen security holes in the widely-used browser plugin, including at least one vulnerability that is already being exploited for use in targeted attacks.
  • FBI Raids Spammer Outed by KrebsOnSecurity

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    Michael A. Persaud, a California man profiled in a Nov. 2014 KrebsOnSecurity story about a convicted junk email artist currently identified by anti-spam activists as one of the world's Top 10 Worst Spammers, was reportedly raided by the FBI in connection with a federal spam investigation.
  • Microsoft Patches Dozens of Security Holes

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    Microsoft today released updates to address more than three dozen security holes in Windows and related software. Meanwhile, Adobe -- which normally releases fixes for its ubiquitous Flash Player alongside Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday cycle -- said it's putting off today's expected Flash patch until the end of this week so it can address an unpatched Flash vulnerability that already is being exploited in active attacks.
  • ATM Insert Skimmers In Action

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    KrebsOnSecurity has featured several recent posts on "insert skimmers," ATM skimming devices made to fit snugly and invisibly inside a cash machine's card acceptance slot. I'm revisiting the subject again because I've recently acquired how-to videos produced by two different insert skimmer peddlers, and these silent movies show a great deal more than words can tell about how insert skimmers do their dirty work.
  • IRS Re-Enables ‘Get Transcript’ Feature

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    The Internal Revenue Service has re-enabled a service on its Web site that allows taxpayers to get a copy of their previous year's tax transcript. The renewed effort to beef up taxpayer authentication methods at irs.gov comes more than a year after the agency disabled the transcript service because tax refund fraudsters were using it to steal sensitive data on consumers.
  • There’s the Beef: Wendy’s Breach Numbers About to Get Much Meatier

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    When news broke last month that the credit card breach at fast food chain Wendy's impacted fewer than 300 out of the company's 5,800 locations, the response from many readers was, "Where's the Breach?" Today, Wendy's said the number of stores impacted by the breach is "significantly higher" and that the intrusion may not yet be contained.

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