Slate: Are the Browser Wars Back?
Jul 01, 2004, 00:15 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Boutin)
"I usually don't worry about PC viruses, but last week's Scob
attack snapped me awake. The clever multi-stage assault, carried
out by alleged Russian spam crime lords, infiltrated corporate Web
servers and then used them to infect home computers. The software
that Scob (also known as Download.ject) attempted to install on its
victims' machines included a keystroke logger.
"In less than a day, Internet administrators sterilized the
infection by shutting down the Russian server that hosted the
spyware. But not before a barrage of scary reports had circled the
world. 'Users are being told to avoid using Internet Explorer until
Microsoft patches a serious security hole,' the BBC warned.
(Disclosure: Microsoft owns Slate...)"