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Attack Pierces Fully Patched XP Machines

Security researchers have identified a new version of the Download.Ject attack that is now being used on the Internet and can compromise fully patched Windows XP machines. The new version of the attack just appeared Thursday afternoon, and while details are still sketchy, experts say its main purpose is to install a back door on compromised PCs. Users victimized by the attack receive an e-mail or an instant message containing a link directing them to a malicious Web page. The page is being hosted by a number of different sites, all of which share common “whois” information and appear to be deliberately serving the page, according to Thor Larholm, senior security researcher at PivX Solutions LLC, based in Newport Beach, Calif. The Trojan also will change the start page of the infected PC. Full Story

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