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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Myspace Attack is under what one computer security analyst calls an "amazingly virulent" attack caused by a worm that steals login credentials and spreads spam that promotes adware sites.

Close to a third of MySpace users were infected. is estimated to have at least 73 million registered users.

The worm exploits a weakness found around two weeks ago in MySpace and a feature within Apple's QuickTime multimedia player.

The exploit starts with a user who visits a MySpace profile infected with an embedded QuickTime movie. The movie loads JavaScript code that overlays a row of menu options on a MySpace profile with a bogus menu. If an option in the bogus menu is clicked, the user is directed to a fake login page hosted on another server where the person's login details are captured.

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