Windows hit again – yet another “worm” – Victims include Disney, Nasa, AIG and others?

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Windows is reported to be yet again under attack and as usual it is the end-user who suffers.  The BBC is reporting that a worm, spread by unsuspecting souls opening a PDF attached to an email, see’s their Outlook address book hijacked with the worm sending itself out to everyone contained therein.

The worm also reportedly tries to disable any security software it encounters and also tries to manipulate USB and other devices.  Of course sadly, for many Windows this is not unique and maybe the blasé attitude the average Windows user has to security is through to a resignation to the fact that they will be victims anyway.

The BBC reports:

Efforts to contain the virus were aided late on 9 September when the website hosting the worm was shut down. However, security firms expect new variants of the worm to turn up.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11258795

So happy times are here again as this worm is forked by unscrupulous individuals ad infinitum.   As is usually the case, I am sure we will see a “Microsoft blames…..” press release or interview, it’s not Microsoft’s fault, its yours.  At the moment, its reported that Nasa, Disney and others have been hit and are “struggling to contain” the outbreak.  It should be noted that of course Microsoft has little control over a malicious PDF which instructs Outlook to perform in this way, but then this is just the latest example of the day to day issues Windows users can face.  Do me a favour, speak to the “average Joe” computer user and see if they have a good word to say about Microsoft.

Life is wonderful as a Windows user isn’t it?

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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NEWS: FACEBOOK EXPLOIT – Guess whos the target?

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It seems our Lord of the Shills this week couldnt have made a more poorly timed comment of:

“Vista introduced huge improvements to how users kept their personal data secure.” Andre Da Costa 25/11/08 Andre’s Blog

as it is being reported that there is a new exploit being aimed at Facebook users, more specifically Windows Facebook users, (Linux/Mac need not worry, just sit smugly and read!)

Named Koobface the worm will infect their machine as they click on a link on their profile.  Once the infection has taken hold of the victims PC it then posts comments on friends profiles on the infected machine, encouraging them to look at a fake youtube site which tries to convince them to download an “adobe upgrade” once this has occurred the worm will try to redirect traffic in order to recieve money from the redirects.

Facebook are actively fixing this issue now.  Another example to consider how secure are you in reality when using Windows?

The following networking sites are reported to be the targets: Facebook, Bebo, MySpace, Friendster, Myyearbook and Blackplanet.

A more complete article can be found on the Guardian website, by clicking here