Social engineering trumps flaws?


Good social engineering can threaten users more than a serious software flaw, Microsoft's Anti Malware Engineering Team argued in a blog post on Tuesday.

A relatively unknown worm has spread moderately successfully without exploiting any flaws in the Windows operating system, according to data collected by Microsoft's software for removing malicious code. The virus--known as Alcra or Alcan--spreads through popular peer-to-peer file-sharing systems by offering itself up using the names of popular files on program cracking sites. The social engineering has been quite successful: During February, about 250,000 machines had been infected by the program, according to data collected by Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool. Social engineering trumps flaws?

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 5th April 2006 3:39AM