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Up to 10,000 websites hacked into says Kaspersky

Up to 10,000 websites hacked into says Kaspersky
Monday 10 Nov 2008 [14:41]

A widespread website attack has been launched by hackers, were malicious links are placed on up to 10,000 web servers, says security software firm Kaspersky Lab.

The servers that have been hacked into are mainly located in Western Europe and the US according to Kaspersky. At this stage it is not clear who has hacked the machines, but the expectation is that the number of infected sites will rise.

A line of JavaScript code is being added onto the sites by the cyber criminals, which redirects hacked site visitors to on of six servers.

These sites then redirect the visitor to a server in China. This server is capable of launching a variety of attacks which can target knows flaws in the Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers, Adobe's Flash Player and ActiveX management controls, said Kaspersky.

Victims who have not got fully patched PC's run the risk of allowing the remote attackers to install spyware on their machines, allowing them to steal data. This is one possible way for cyber criminals to carry out financial fraud.

1.5 million web pages were infested earlier this year in similar attacks, including a large number of web pages run on Italian government servers.

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