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Microsoft reports spike in Windows XP attacks

Postby Spudz » Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:50 am

Microsoft reports spike in Windows XP attacks
Over 10,000 PCs targeted in past two weeks
Robert McMillan

Nearly a month after a Google engineer released details of a new Windows XP flaw, criminals have dramatically ramped up online attacks that target the bug.

Microsoft has now logged more than 10,000 attacks. "At first, we only saw legitimate researchers testing innocuous proof-of-concepts. Then, early on June 15th, the first real public exploits emerged," Microsoft said in a blog posting. "Those initial exploits were targeted and fairly limited. In the past week, however, attacks have picked up."

The attacks, which are being launched from malicious web pages, are concentrated in the US, Russia, Portugal, Germany and Brazil, Microsoft said.

PCs based in Russia and Portugal, in particular, are seeing a very high concentration of these attacks, Microsoft said.

According to security vendor Symantec, these attacks peaked late last week. "Symantec has seen increased activity around this vulnerability. The increased activity started around June 21 and peaked around June 26 and 27," a company spokesman said. Attacks have leveled out since then, he added.


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