Worm duo tries to hijack Windows PCs

Two worms based on a recently disclosed Windows flaw have been unleashed, but the attacks so far don't appear to be widespread, security experts said.

The pair of worms surfaced over the weekend, several security companies said in alerts. The malicious software tries to hijack the computer for use in a network of commandeered PCs that can be remotely controlled, popularly called a botnet. The worms also can communicate via AOL's Instant Messenger and may be able to spread via the service.

"This is run-of-the-mill malicious software," said Don DeBolt, director of the Security Advisor group at CA, formerly known as Computer Associates. "The malware purveyors are simply packaging their old wares with the new exploit." Worm duo tries to hijack Windows PCs | CNET News.com

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