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Cybercrooks hijack IPOWER sites

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- http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix...tivities_1.html

May 23, 2007 ~ "...Security Fix examined nine of IPOWER's virtual servers. They are identified in the chart...by the names assigned to them by IPOWER -- "CPanel1" through "CPanel8" and "Host16". These servers are home to at least 8,192 active Web sites, most of which appear to belong to individuals and small businesses. According to a Security Fix analysis, more than 2,650 of those sites -- or an average of 33 percent of all sites on each server -- included computer code designed to silently retrieve malicious software from a variety of online locations. Some of the download sites linked to in the unauthorized code were inactive at press time, while others were able to serve malicious software to visitors, most often in the form of spyware that steals passwords and financial data from a victim's PC... The company claims to have more than 700,000 customers. If we assume for the moment the small segment of IPOWER servers Security Fix analyzed is fairly representative of a larger trend, IPOWER may well be home to nearly a quarter-million malicious Web sites. Many of the IPOWER sites that were found with malicious Javascript code were sites that had not been modified or viewed by their owners for months or years..."


(More detail and graphics at the URL above.)




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