Monday, December 22, 2014
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
North Korean Internet Otage Fuels Speculation
Semiconductor Market Set for Strongest Growth in Four Years in 2014
New Asus Dual-camera Zenfone Coming At CES
Samsung Introduces SE790C Curved Monitor
Chinese Motion-sensing VR Glasses Coming On Kickstarter
Kodak Returns To CES With Consumer Product Line
North Korea Suggests Joint Inverstigation With U.S. Over Sony Hacking
T-Mobile to Pay $90 Million To Settle Case With FCC
Active Discussions
Digital Audio Extraction and Plextools
Will there be any trade in scheme for the coming PSP Go?
Hello, Glad to be Aboard!!!
Best optical drive for ripping CD's? My LG 4163B is mediocre.
Hi All!
cdrw trouble
CDR for car Sat Nav
DVD/DL for Optiarc 7191S at 8X
 Home > News > General Computing > Hackers...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Hackers Exploit Windows Update Publicity


Users might be particularly vulnerable to e-mails claiming to be from Microsoft this week.

On April 12, Microsoft will make the Windows XP Service Pack 2 upgrade automatic for any machine that accesses the Windows Update utility at Microsoft's official update site.

Much has been made in recent weeks of the upcoming deadline for Windows XP users to update their operating systems with the large Service Pack 2 update.

Now, malicious hackers appear to be exploiting the public's concern over updates by distributing a bogus link to a Windows Update site.

The site, when accessed from an e-mail posing as a Microsoft notice, installs Trojan code on the user's machine and opens a back door that allows the PC to be controlled remotely.

This virus, like many others, takes advantage of users' powerful urge to click on e-mail attachments and links, even when their origin is suspicious.

An enormous amount of virus traffic on the Internet could be stopped if e-mail recipients simply would stop doing so, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant with security firm Sophos, said.

Day of the Zombies
The current Trojan program, labeled TrojDSNX-05, can be used by hackers to make the PCs of innocent users into "zombies," said Sophos.

Zombie computers typically are used by the originators of spam to cover their tracks. Malicious hackers use infected machines to send enormous amounts of bulk e-mail or use the compromized systems in large-scale distributed denial-of-service attacks.

However, the code that underlies the virus actually has been known for some time. Those that have appropriately updated antivirus software should find that their security programs catch the malicious code, even if it is inadvertantly downloaded.

Windows Deadline
Users might be particularly vulnerable to e-mails claiming to be from Microsoft this week. On April 12, Microsoft will make the Windows XP Service Pack 2 upgrade automatic for any machine that accesses the Windows Update utility at Microsoft's official update site.

Many users have the automatic update feature on their operating systems turned off, but they might encounter a prompt to update when they access the site for other patches.

The SP2 update is not much of a problem for home users, say security experts. But many enterprises have avoided the update actively due to compatibility problems with other enterprise applications or network architecture issues.

From TopTechNews



Previous
Next
Microsoft sets date for Xbox 2 debut        All News        Mobile phone sales up 4.5% in 2005
Adobe extends Linux support with Reader 7.0     General Computing News      Wireless USB 1.0 spec to be finalized next month

Source Link Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
North Korean Internet Otage Fuels Speculation
North Korea Suggests Joint Inverstigation With U.S. Over Sony Hacking
FBI Confirms North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack
North Korea Linked To Recent Sony Hacking
ICANN Targeted in Phishing Attack
Sony Film Debut Canceled After Threats
Sony's PlayStation Network Under Attack
North Korea Denies Responsibility In Sony Attack
Hackers Send Threatening Emails to Sony Employees
Report Exposes Coordinated Cyber Attacks on Global Critical Infrastructure by Iran-Based Hackers
Cyber Threat Group Aiming to Cheat Wall Street
Windows 8.1 Overtakes XP in Terms of Internet Usage

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2014 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .