.ani exploit via e-mail: you'd think hackers would know how to spell 'Britney Spears'
As I noted yesterday in my blog, there is a new patch that addresses the animated cursor vulnerability as noted in Security Bulletin MS07-017. This patch is prevents remote code execution (so an attacker can not take over your PC remotely) delivered via a malicious Web site or viewed via a bogus e-mail.
I was asked today, how will people try to take advantage of this vulnerability? I have an answer via eWeek in their article on how malevolent hackers may try to hook users via email promising "hot pictures of britiney Speers."
<Ahem> that's Britney Spears, thank you. (Not that I'm a fan.)
"...Spam promising "Hot Pictures of Britiney Speers [sic]" is linking to sites hosting the Windows ANI exploit, Websense discovered today. The e-mail, coming from "Nude BritineySpeers.com," is written in HTML and contains text that allows it to skirt anti-spam rules in the HTML comments.
"Without user interaction, a file is then downloaded and installed. The file, called 200.exe, looks like a new variant of a file infector with operating system hooks and spamming capabilities, Websense said in an alert.
So, what to do if you get an email offering such photos of public figures?
- Visit http://www.staysafeonline.info.
- To find out more about spyware – what it is, ways your computer can become infected, and what you can do to prevent it – watch this video on protecting your computer.
- If you're wondering how Windows Defender compares with other Microsoft antispyware and antivirus technologies, check out this product comparison chart.
- Windows Live Safety Center – A Web service designed to help ensure the health of your computer with free scanning tools that help you get rid of unwanted software.
- Malicious Software Removal Tool – A security tool that checks your computer for specific viruses and other malicious software and helps remove any infection found. This tool alone has run more than 2 billion executions.
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