Hundreds of thousands of Microsoft web servers hacked; including government servers

“Hundreds of thousands of Web sites – including several at the United Nations and in the U.K. government — have been hacked recently and seeded with code that tries to exploit security flaws in Microsoft Windows to install malicious software on visitors’ machines,” Brian Krebs reports for The Washington Post.

“The attackers appear to be breaking into the sites with the help of a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS) Web servers,” Krebs reports.

“On Thursday, Spanish anti-virus vendor Panda Security said that it had alerted Microsoft that a flaw IIS was the cause of all the break-ins. When I asked Microsoft whether they’d heard from Panda or if the hundreds of thousands of sites were hacked from a patched or unpatched flaw in IIS, a spokesman for the company didn’t offer much more information,” Krebs reports.

“‘Microsoft is currently aware of and is receiving reports regarding public claims of attacks on IIS Web servers,’ said Bill Sisk, a security response manager at Microsoft, in a statement e-mailed to Security Fix. ‘While we have not be [sic] contacted directly regarding these reports, we will continue to monitor all reports either publically [sic] shared or responsibly disclosed and investigate once sufficient details are provided. We have not yet determined whether or not these reports are related to Microsoft Security Advisory (951306) released last week,'” Krebs reports.

“According to Finnish anti-virus maker F-Secure, the number of hacked Web pages serving up malicious software from this attack may be closer to half a million,” Krebs reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]

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  1. My support for Apple products has never been questioned or attacked, so I’ll say that it makes no sense to revel in the misfortune of MS. So how is it that disparaging MS, Bill Gates, or Baldy Balmer make Apple any better for the effort?

    That’s my 2 pennies worth.

  2. […] ‘While we have not be [sic] contacted directly regarding these reports, we will continue to monitor all reports either publically [sic] shared or responsibly disclosed […]’

    For a brief horrifying moment I afraid that second “sic” typo was because the text read “we will continue to monitor all reports either pubically shared” – clearly, the story about the returned Dell laptop still lingers in the dark recesses of my mind…

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