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Friday, August 11, 2006

Updated - Worm fears raised after release of Windows malware

The threat of a worm that attacks the vulnerability patched by the latest Microsoft Windows Updates is of a real concern and all Security Experts, Microsoft themselves, and the US Department of Homeland Security are urging corporates and the public at large to update their systems as soon as possible.

"This is a great opportunity for an unskilled hacker to launch a worm," said Marcus Sachs, deputy director with research group SRI International's Computer Science Laboratory. "A skilled hacker will use the vulnerability to quietly infect millions of computers for the purposes of sending spam, stealing credit card numbers, or countless other subversive activities," he said in an e-mail interview.

Sample code has been distributed and is part of toolkits, but the following article indicates that an actual exploit may now be on the loose

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