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Mystery Infestation Strikes Linux/Apache Web Sites

Jan 25, 2008, 13:45 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"According to a press release issued earlier this month by Finjan, a security research firm, compromised Web servers are infecting thousands of visitors daily with malware that turns their Windows machines into unwitting bots to do the bidding of an as yet unidentified criminal organization. Security firms ScanSafe and SecureWorks have since added their own takes on the situation, though with varying estimates on the number of sites affected. All reports thus far say the compromised servers are running Linux and Apache.

"According to an article on ServerTune.com, the exploit involves a rootkit installed on the compromised server that replaces several system binaries with infected versions..."

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