Webware reports that over 10,000 English language websites in Italy have been taken off line from an attack that has been labled MPack.

The attack, which originated in May 2007, has now infected 160 000 computers, has been traced back to the Russian mob, who sells it as a package:

The kit, put together by Russian hackers, can be bought for $1,000 (£503) and the price includes a year of technical support.

Using the kit, budding hi-tech criminals can churn out code that exploits the latest vulnerabilities in widely used web browsers that work on Windows……

Security experts say the attack code is “browser aware” and will tune its attack depending on the web browsing software used by a visitor. Attack code is present for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera.Following the initial outbreak in Italy, booby-trapped sites are now turning up in Spain, the US and many other nations.

For more details, go to ZDNET’s article HERE. Most of the companies whose software was vulnerable have placed updates on their sites, and so make sure your software is up to date, and you have a good anti virus system.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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