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Gov't Warns of Major Web Attack

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by David_G17, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,123712,00.html

    Gov't Warns of Major Web Attack

    Thursday, June 24, 2004

    CHICAGO — Government and industry experts warned late Thursday of a mysterious, large-scale Internet attack against thousands of popular Web sites. The virus-like infection tries to implant hacker software onto the computers of all Web site visitors.

    Industry experts and the Homeland Security Department (search) were studying the infection to determine how it spreads across Web sites and find adequate defenses against it.

    "Users should be aware that any Web site, even those that may be trusted by the user, may be affected by this activity and thus contain potentially malicious code," the government warned in one Internet alert.

    The mysterious infection appeared to target at least one recent version of software by Microsoft Corp. (search) to operate Web sites, called its Internet Information Server, popular among businesses and organizations.

    A spokesman for Microsoft declined to comment immediately.

    Experts said the attack's effects were unusually broad but weren't substantially interfering with Internet traffic.

    "While this is significant, it has no impact on the operation of the Internet," said Marcus Sachs, who helps run the industry's Internet Storm Center (search) in Bethesda, Md.

    Experts urgently recommended consumers and corporate employees to update the antivirus software on their computers, since the latest versions can immunize visitors to infected Web sites.

    The infected Web sites attempt to implant on visitors' computers hacker software that allows others to use their computers to surreptitiously route Internet spam e-mails.
     
  2. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    ~yawn~

    step one...
     

  3. 4TS&W

    4TS&W 2A RKBA 4EVER

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    here and there...
    My GT display looks funky for some reason.... is this why??? ;P
     
  4. mpol777

    mpol777 Feral Member

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    Exactly my reaction. *YAWN*

    Is anyone actually shocked by this?
     
  5. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

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    Is anyone else running trusted Solaris and not particularly concerned about their servers being infected?

    ;f
     
  6. grantglock

    grantglock /dev/null

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    Trying 65.174.244.51...
    Connected to siebrecht.us.
    Escape character is '^]'.
    HEAD / HTTP/1.0


    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 21:12:03 GMT
    Server: Apache/2.0.48 (Unix) PHP/5.0.0RC2
    X-Powered-By: PHP/5.0.0RC2
    Set-Cookie: lang=english; expires=Sat, 25-Jun-2005 21:12:11 GMT
    Connection: close
    Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1
     
  7. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

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    http://www.siebrecht.us was running Apache on Linux when last queried at 25-Jun-2004 22:07:46 GMT

    Linux Apache/2.0.48 (Unix) PHP/5.0.0RC2

    I like it. How do you like the Apache 2.x setup? Did you have to change much for it?

    DanH
     
  8. grantglock

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    I like it, I didn't do an upgrade from version 1 so I didn't have to change anything. That is just a box that I mess around on so I change apps to the latest beta versions all the time.
     
  9. gudel

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    what is this, another red alert?
     
  10. SamBuca

    SamBuca

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    Unfortunately it's a pain in the neck on a Debian system since Debian stable has hideously outdated libraries and development tools. Not even close to the requirements of Apache 2.x or PHP 5.x.
     
  11. physicsdevil

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