Windows users warned of infectious Web sites that take over computers; Mac users unaffected

“Security researchers warned Web surfers on Thursday to be on guard after uncovering evidence that widespread Web server compromises have turned corporate home pages into points of digital infection,” Robert Lemos reports for CNET News.

“The researchers believe that online organized crime groups are breaking into Web servers and surreptitiously inserting code that takes advantage of two flaws in Internet Explorer that Microsoft has not yet fixed. Those flaws allow the Web server to install a program that takes control of the user’s computer,” Lemos reports.

“The extent of the attacks is unknown, but the security community has seen numerous cases of personal computers infected when the user merely visits a Web site. ‘It is not epidemic, but it is being seen,’ said Alfred Huger, senior director of engineering for security company Symantec. ‘Do we think it is serious? Yeah. It’s a concern and it’s insidious.’ …the flaws affect every user of Internet Explorer, because Microsoft has not yet released a patch. Moreover, the infectious Web sites are not just those of minor companies inhabiting the backwaters of the Web, but major companies, including some banks, said Brent Houlahan, chief technology officer of NetSec,” Lemos reports.

“Meanwhile, the average Internet surfer is left with few options. Windows users could download an alternate browser, such as Mozilla or Opera, and Mac users are not in danger,” Lemos reports.

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MacDailyNews Take: The fun continues for our long-suffering Windows brethren. Mac users, happy surfing!

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25 Comments

  1. W_EXPLORER_users: dump your browser, trash it — immediately (assuming you downloaded a couple of replacement browsers first). This could save you a world of grief! Change your bank accounts, your email, your credit card numbers too — they have been compromised. Your data is sitting on some database somewhere along with that of your family and friends, ready for one mass-multiple fraud transaction by organized crime before they retire to the good life with your retirement assets. DO IT QUICK! And consider changing your name and address too. You may not be who you think you are anymore.

  2. Less is More:
    You can’t trash Explorer, Windows won’t let you. Typical crap that gives you no control over your system (Too embedded). My brother an IT professional tried & trashed a PC. By the way his tech department tested a G5 & confirmed to him that its the best “bang for your buck” (his words) computer on the market today.

  3. Actually, I heard that with longhorn, you won’t be able to download anything Microchit doesn’t approve of. You might even be stuck with longhorn explorer with no ports open except to the Microchit web.

  4. “Bush is unpopular in Turkey, where the overwhelming majority of the public opposed the Iraq war.

    As the president arrived in Turkey Saturday, supporters of Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said they kidnapped three Turkish workers in Iraq, Arab TV station al-Jazeera reported.

    The group has threatened to behead the hostages, an al-Jazeera employee told The Associated Press.

    The protest in the Kadikoy district, on the Asian side of Istanbul, attracted more than 40,000 people, mostly members of leftist groups, police said.”

    you can see with your own eyes here
    http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/06/27/turkey.protest.ap/index.html

    They try to make unfair subtle associations between 40000 anti-bush protesters in turkey and the hediondous al-Zarqawi group. Do i have to say more about how news are given in the USA freedom of press way… very oportune the introduction of both phrases between a new that has nothing to do with al-Zarqawi. Sweet!!!

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