Friday, February 03, 2006

Russian hackers hawked Windows exploit for $4,000

CNET "Competing hacker groups in Russia were peddling the exploit code responsible for the Windows Meta File attacks last December for $4,000, according to security company Kaspersky Lab.
'One of the purchasers of the exploit is involved in the criminal adware/spyware business,' read a Kaspersky Lab quarterly report released this week. 'It seems likely that this was how the exploit became public.'
The WMF flaw unsettled security experts after they found that the virus-writing community discovered the vulnerability before they did. A slew of Trojan programs were written to try and take advantage of the exploit. The British Parliament was attacked by hackers who tried to exploit the WMF flaw. "

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