Who profits from security holes?

Thursday, 25 November 2004, 12:25 AM EST

How much junk can get installed on a user's PC by merely visiting a single site? I set out to see for myself -- by visiting a single web page taking advantage of a security hole (in an ordinary fresh copy of Windows XP), and by recording what programs that site caused to be installed on my PC. In the course of my testing, my test PC was brought to a virtual stand-still -- with at least 16 distinct programs installed. I was not shown licenses or other installation prompts for any of these programs, and I certainly didn't consent to their installation on my PC.

By Benjamin Edelman.

[ Read more ]




Spotlight

Planning for the Internet of Things

As organizations plan for the future, and how security has to operate within their business, they now have to worry about the IoT. Geoff Webb, Director of Solution Strategy at NetIQ, discusses the implications and likely impact of the Internet of Things.


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

Mon, Apr 27th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2015 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //