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Appeared on: Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Russian sites using new IE bug to install spyware

Hackers are taking advantage of a newly discovered vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) to install spyware on PCs that visit a number of Russian pornography sites.

The malware, first reported Monday by researchers at Sunbelt Software Inc., takes advantage of an unpatched flaw in the way Microsoft Corp.'s IE processes Vector Markup Language (VML) code. VML is a language used to display graphic information on the Web. The attack appears to work on all versions of Windows running the IE 6 browser, said Eric Sites, Sunbelt's vice president of research and development. "It's not an operating system-dependent issue," he said.

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