Phel trojan attacks Windows XP systems - yes even SP2

Posted on Thursday, December 30 2004 @ 18:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Security firms are warning for a newly discovered trojan for Windows XP. The trojan named "Phel" is capable of remotely controlling someone's system even if he has the latest Service Pack (SP2).

The trojan spreads by exploiting a vulnerability within Internet Explorer and SP2 that uses help files from web pages. This exploit was discovered in October.
An attacker first must entice a user to visit a malicious Web site before placing the Trojan on his machine. If the Trojan is successfully launched, the malicious software could be downloaded and run on the victim's system, according to Microsoft.
A spokeswoman from Microsoft said that programmers were working to fix the vulnerability and will realese a security update when the development and testing process is complete.
"Microsoft is working to forensically analyze the malicious code in Phel and will work with law enforcement to identify and bring to justice those responsible for this malicious activity," she said.
Lets hope that this is the last piece of malicious software disrupting this holiday time which is ought to be peaceful.

Source: InternetNews

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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