Published on ZDNet News: November 22, 2005, 5:08 AM PT
Online criminals shifted their attacks in 2005 from operating systems such as Windows to media players and software programs, according to a study released Tuesday.
Among the software programs under attack are antivirus software, according to the SANS Institute, a nonprofit research group based in Bethesda, Md.
Attackers are changing their targets after Internet service providers and operating systems designers such as Microsoft started shoring up their systems following a barrage of worms, viruses and other online threats in recent years.
The group's report identifies the 20 most targeted software flaws that criminals use to infiltrate computers.
Top Windows vulnerabilities include Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser, Windows Office and Outlook Express. The report also listed Apple Computer's Macintosh operating system as a top vulnerability among Unix operating systems.
IE7 & other browsers will highlight secure sites to users
The Microsoft Internet Explorer team blogged about their recent meeting with other browser vendors (Mozilla, Opera and Konqueror). They discussed on how their browsers will offer better website identification and validation certifications.
Check out the blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/11/21/495507.aspx to see some screenshots and more details.