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Mystery web infection grows, but cause remains elusive

"Five days ago, we wrote about the infection of several hundred websites that was unlike anything seasoned researchers had seen before. Mary Landesman, a cyber gumshoe who first brought it to public attention, asked for help from other security pros in figuring out how the unusual new technique worked. And help is what many of her peers have provided.

The sites host malicious javascript that is spontaneously created and randomly named only after a visitor hits the home page. That's unlike any other mass infection most researchers have seen before. Usually, infected sites merely host pointers to attacker-controlled servers, which in turn are used to host malware with static file names.

The innovative technique is much more than an academic curiosity. Because the rogue code does not exist on any server until an end user visits it, the javascript remains invisible to site administrators. The randomness also prevents most antivirus programs from detecting the javascript. Equally frustrating, it prevents researchers from running a simple web search that ferrets out every web address where the attack code is hosted."

Article Link: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/17/0day_excel_bug_menace


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