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Protecting ourselves is not going to be easy......

by michhala / November 22, 2005 3:35 PM PST

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Criminals shifting attacks from operating systems to software programs

Online criminals, once focusing on computer operating system attacks, have shifted their focus to media players and software programs, according to a study released November 22nd.

Among the software programs targeted are anti-virus software as well as programs used to listen to online audio and video. Online criminals are changing their targets after Internet service providers and op system designers started shoring ups their systems (following the recent barrage of works, viruses and other online threats).

Top Windows vulnerabilities include Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser and Windows Office and Outlook Express. The report also listed Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh operating system among Unix systems.

Network devices such as routers and switches that direct Internet traffic are also being targeted. Cisco Systems made the list with its ?IOS? router product line.


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