Spyware to aim at RSS and Firefox

Posted on Monday, Jun 13 2005 @ 09:07 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A security expert was quite pessimistic on Friday stating that by the end of the year spyware will probably have tripled in number, put Firefox in their sights and have turned RSS newsfeeds into key loggers and ad spawners.
"If a spyware writer finds a way to inject code into a blogging site -- which could take the form of a SOAP object -- most likely through a future vulnerability in Internet Explorer 7, then everyone who subscribes to that service's blog RSS feeds is gonna get infected." Such an attack could be massive, and because of the automated nature of RSS, extremely fast-acting.
He also says that industrial espionage with spyware will become a reality in the United States. Read more at TechWeb


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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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