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Major Patch Tuesday for Both Microsoft and Adobe

Today is \”Patch Tuesday\”, and Microsoft will be rolling out a record number of critical (8) and important (5) patches. There is also a patch for a critical vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat Reader due for release today. Adobe coordinates their patches with Microsoft\’s patches to make the second Tuesday of every month doubly important.
Checker for Compromised E-mail Accounts
Here is a useful tool. Anyone with an email account on Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, or AOL should take a moment to make sure their account was not one of the 40,000 or so that were compromised recently. The passwords for the compromised accounts have been released publicly.
It\’s Only a Drop in the Bucket – But It\’s a Start
The FBI\’s Operation Phish Phry won\’t make much of a dent in the proliferation of phishing scams that have invaded users\’ inboxes, but at least some effort is being made to find and prosecute the criminals responsible. 100 arrests is a modest start, but a start nonetheless.
Dennis H in West Virginia, US
October 13, 2009

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