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Posted: 22 January 2010 at 11:54pm | IP Logged
From the past few days many people are reporting Virus Alerts, Slower internet or abnormal behaviour. On probing further it was clear that several networks have been affected. And this is our earnest attempt to help our site visitors on how to be on the safe side.

And it just not affecting Microsoft IE but also Adobe Flash Player / Reader. So make sure you have the latest security patches.


To quote Symantec (the company which has developed Norton AntiVirus)



Hydraq is a targeted attack that is also currently referred to as Aurora, Google Attacks, and the Microsoft IE Vulnerability (advisory number 979352). Through the exploitation of a vulnerability, it attempts to install a trojan on a specific computer that steals information from that machine. The trojan attempts to make contact with command and control servers in order to receive instructions and to upload any information that it may have collected. This type of attack is often called an advanced persistent threat because of the sophistication and persistence of the attack within a business.

This attack is of concern to all computer users because vulnerabilities used in this attack are now widely known and likely to be exploited by other cybercriminals.

Necessary software patch: Microsoft IE
Necessary software patch: Adobe

Hydraq is explained further in this Security Blog: The Trojan.Hydraq Incident.




On McAfee site they are reporting Global Threat Condition to : Critical

Which means: Systems worldwide are being widely targeted, or may become widely targeted by an active and available exploit or threat. An extreme global security incident is taking or may imminently take place.

And this is affecting a lot of people using "Internet Explorer"

Microsoft has today released a very "Critical Update" which you should not ignore and install it immediately.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS10-002.mspx

This security update resolves seven privately reported vulnerabilities and one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The more severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.



The ThreatCon is currently at Level 2: Elevated.

The ThreatCon is at level 2. Microsoft has released patches to address eight vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer. One of these issues is being exploited in the wild. Customers are strongly advised to install the patches as soon as possible.

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-002 - Critical

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (978207)
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS10-002.mspx






CA Global Security Advisor

http://www.ca.com

SECCON Alert

Security Advisor Alert Level Descriptions

Published: 19 Jan 2010

Current Condition: Medium - In-the-wild exploitation of Microsoft Internet Explorer 0-day vulnerability.





So we would like to recommend all the users who are using Windows Operating System to update their Windows with the latest Security Patches available on Windows Update site.

Goto: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

Cheers,
Vijay




Edited by vijay - 23 January 2010 at 9:14am

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Thanks for the info,sir Hug
edit : im using firefox,do i need to install it?Confused


Edited by AmbyCious - 23 January 2010 at 12:03am

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thank u vijay bro that's very kind of you to let us know about it

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thnk u soo mch...wud definitely do thtt....

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Thanks sooooo much Vijay for this information, i really need that, thanks once again.
 
 
 
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thanx

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Posted: 23 January 2010 at 12:52am | IP Logged
Originally posted by AmbyCious

Thanks for the info,sir Hug
edit : im using firefox,do i need to install it?Confused


Everyone using Windows as their Operating System should update their computer.

Regards,
Vijay

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Thanks so much Vijay for this information

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