Malware authors eyeing Web based applications

Malware attacks against search giants Yahoo and Google this past week show online outlaws are working overtime to exploit any security hole they can find in Web applications. As Web based services grow increasingly popular, industry experts say users should brace for more of these threats.

Last week, Yahoo Mail was targeted by a JavaScript worm called JS.Yamanner, which spread through Yahoo email contacts when end-users opened emails infected by the malware.

Also in recent days, Google Inc. has tried to fight off malware targeting its Google Page Creator Web site hosting service as well as its Orkut social networking service. The attacks illustrate a growing trend where the digital underground has shifted its attention away from assaults against network perimeters and operating systems in favor of those exploiting application flaws. Malware authors eyeing Web-based applications

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 24th June 2006 12:39AM