Friday, July 24, 2009

New Rogues

Every day we add hundreds of new consumer complaints and comments to our site. And each day sees the addition of companies and products that haven't previously appeared in our Rogues Gallery. Here are today's newcomers:

Calcoast Financial Services

Green Credit Solutions

Express Oil & Lube

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~Sandy G.

Swine flu could hit up to 40 percent in US

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer
ATLANTA – In a disturbing new projection, health officials say up to 40 percent of Americans could get swine flu this year and next and several hundred thousand could die without a successful vaccine campaign and other measures.

The estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are roughly twice the number of those who catch flu in a normal season and add greater weight to hurried efforts to get a new vaccine ready for the fall flu season.

Swine flu has already hit the United States harder than any other nation, but it has struck something of a glancing blow that's more surprising than devastating. The virus has killed about 300 Americans and experts believe it has sickened more than 1 million, comparable to a seasonal flu with the weird ability to keep spreading in the summer.


~Sandy G.

Adobe Warns Of Critical Flash Vulnerability

Echoing security warnings issued earlier this year, Adobe is warning users of Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat to exercise caution online due to a zero-day vulnerability that's being actively exploited.

By Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek
Adobe on Wednesday issued a security advisory about a critical zero-day vulnerability that affects its Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat software across all major operating systems.

"A critical vulnerability exists in the current versions of Flash Player (v9.0.159.0 and v10.0.22.87) for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems, and the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat v9.x for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems," the company said. "This vulnerability (CVE-2009-1862) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system."

US-CERT, which operates in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, warned users to disable Flash in Adobe Reader 9 on Windows computers and either to disable Flash Player or to enable only known safe Flash content.


~Sandy G.