More than 600 new Internet security holes in 2005
May 2, 2005
According to a survey released today, Internet hackers and web criminals turned their attention to antivirus programs in the first three months of 2005, as they tried new methods to take control of users' computers.
While hackers continued to poke new holes in Microsoft's popular Windows operating system, they increasingly exploited flaws in software made by other companies as well, the nonprofit SANS Institute found.
As more Windows users agreed to receive security upgrades automatically, hackers looked to take advantage of other software programs that might not be patched as frequently, the head of the cybersecurity training and research organization said.
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"Operating systems have gotten better at finding and fixing things and auto-updating, so it's less fertile territory for the hackers," SANS Chief Executive Alan Paller said.
Malicious hackers exploit security holes to lift credit-card numbers and other sensitive personal information from a user's computer, or commandeer it to send out spam and pornography.
More than 600 new Internet security holes have so far surfaced in 2005, SANS found.
Of those, 20 were deemed most dangerous because they remain unfixed on a large number of Internet-connected computers even though software manufacturers quickly made patches available.
As always, Microsoft products were a popular target. Hackers found ways to take control of a user's computer by tunneling through Microsoft's Web browser, media player and instant-messaging software, as well as Windows software for servers and personal computers.
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But software by Oracle Corp. and Computer Associates International Inc. also made the list, along with media players like Apple's, iTunes, RealNetworks, and Nullsoft's Winamp.
Antivirus products from Symantec Corp., F-Secure, TrendMicro and McAfee Inc. proved vulnerable as well, a prospect Paller found particularly discouraging.
"We ought to do better in our industry -- we should be a model for others," he said.
Source: CNN fn
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