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New Trojan exploits known vulnerability

International data security software developer Kaspersky Labs reports that a new Trojan program, StartPage, is exploiting an Internet Explorer vulnerability for which there is no patch. Kaspersky Labs says StartPage is the first malware to infect computers via the “Exploit.SelfExecHtml” vulnerability in the Internet Explorer security system. The company warns that if a patch is not released soon, other viruses could exploit the vulnerability, resulting in what the company calls “a long-lasting, large-scale epidemic that could surpass even the Klez epidemic”. In a warning issued today, Kaspersky Labs says StartPage is sent to victim addresses directly from the author and does not have an automatic send function. The first mass mailing to several hundred thousand addresses was registered in Russia on 20 May. Full Story

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