Your Spyware Money at Work…
November 25, 2004
Something to not be so thankful for is the current and ongoing spate of people who want to make your life miserable with spyware, worms, trojans, and other malware. E-mail viruses may be down this week, but there’s plenty of other crap going on.
The SANS Handler’s Diary has some excellent writeups on the Bofra/iFrame exploit that turned up last week, which attacked people visiting mainstream websites (such as “The Register”) via a compromised server delivering banner ads. Anyone who wandered past an infected site using Internet Explorer and any version of Windows other than XP with Service Pack 2 installed apparently got toasted. No clicking on bad things, no downloading, not even dinner and drinks. It’s getting dangerous out there.
Last but not least, some folks have been digging around the musical question of “who actually profits from this stuff”—Ben Edelman has this answer, while our good friends at SANS have tracked some of this down to none other than the old 90’s Spam King himself, Sanford Wallace.