Phel Trojan horse attacks on Windows XP
Symantec is warning users of a newly discovered Trojan horse named Phel -- an anagram of the word help -- that attacks Windows XP. The Trojan is capable of remotely controlling a user's system even if the latest Windows XP Service Pack, SP2, has been installed.
The Trojan horse, distributed as an HTML file, attempts to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Explorer's HTML Help Control component in all versions of Windows. The vulnerability was discovered in October.
Microsoft is actively investigating new public reports of a criminal attack, according to a Microsoft spokesperson.
By Linda Rosencrance at Computerworld.
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