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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...)"

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