Hackers distributing new Windows exploit

Wednesday, 17 September 2003, 12:33 PM EST

Security researchers on Tuesday detected hackers distributing software to break into computers using flaws announced last week in some versions of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system.

The threat from this new vulnerability -- which already has drawn stern warnings from the Homeland Security Department -- is remarkably similar to one that allowed the Blaster virus to infect hundreds of thousands of computers last month.

The discovery gives fresh impetus for tens of millions of Windows users -- inside corporations and in their homes -- to immediately apply a free repairing patch from Microsoft. Homeland Security officials have warned that attacks could result in a "significant impact" on the operation of the Internet.

Researchers from iDefense Inc. of Reston, Va., who found the new attack software being distributed from a Chinese Web site, said it was already being used to break into vulnerable computers and implant eavesdropping programs. They said they expect widespread attacks similar to the Blaster infection within days.

[ Read more ]




Spotlight

Most IT pros have seen potentially embarrassing information about their colleagues

More than three-quarters of IT professionals have seen and kept secret potentially embarrassing information about their colleagues, according to new research conducted by AlienVault.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  
DON'T
MISS

Wed, Feb 10th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2016 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //