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Mass compromise powers massive drive-by download attack

by Marianna Schmudlach / March 13, 2008 3:18 PM PDT

Invasion of the password snatchers

By John Leyden

More than 10,000 web pages have been booby trapped with malware in one of the largest attacks of its kind to date.

Compromised web pages include travel sites, government websites, and hobbyist sites that have been modified with JavaScript code that silently redirects visitors to a site in China under the control of hackers.

Miscreants likely reprogrammed the web pages after scanning the net for insecure servers.

The malware cocktail attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Windows, RealPlayer, and other applications to break into insecure PCs, according to an analysis by net security firm McAfee.

More: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/13/mass_compromise/

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