Phel Trojan horse attacks on Windows XP

Friday, 31 December 2004, 3:36 PM EST

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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