Bagle-Type Threats on the Rise?
Experts fear worm is first of more-sophisticated attacks on horizon. While the outbreak last week of the Bagle.A virus was one of the least troublesome in recent memory, security experts worry that the virus—following in the infamous footsteps of 2003’s SoBig worms—is a harbinger of more-sophisticated attacks to come. Many in the security community say the SoBig family—and possibly Bagle.A—are the work of an organized group of criminals with bigger plans than merely clogging in-boxes and annoying IT staffs. (Bagle.A infected about 19,000 PCs worldwide and fewer than 800 in North America, according to Trend Micro Inc.) SoBig.F and Bagle.A have the capability to log users’ keystrokes, enabling the theft of passwords and other sensitive data, and are programmed to set up proxies on infected machines for the purpose of sending spam.Full Story