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Monday, July 02, 2007

Hackers take advantage of iPhone hype

Hackers were quick to jump on the iPhone hype sending out e-mails that lure users to malicious Web sites that infect their machines and turn them into bots for the hackers.

Researchers at security company Secure Computing discovered a Web site set up to exploit more than ten ActiveX vulnerabilities in an attempt to install a malicious payload. This piece of malware is designed to open up a back door in the computer and turn it into a bot that fills out the hackers' botnet.

Hackers set up the bot to send out spam. Since the malware is rootkit-based, explained researchers, it would be simple for a hacker to update the malware anytime he wants to carry out other malicious tasks, like key logging to capture the user's financial credentials.

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