Read RSS, get hacked
Users of Web feed services such as Real Simple Syndication (RSS) and Atom might want to make doubly sure they are not downloading malicious code along with their favorite Web content.
That's because the growing use of Web feed readers and the proliferation of content-aggregation sites are giving hackers a really simple way to deliver keystroke loggers, Trojan horses and other malware onto their computers, security analysts warn.
The feed-hacking threat is not particularly new. However, the severity of the problem could be rising as feed services begin moving into the mainstream, said Ray Dickenson, vice president of product management at Authentium Inc., a Palm Beach, Fla.-based security vendor. "Malware authors are just taking advantage of the interconnectedness of Web 2.0" to distribute their code more efficiently, he said. Read RSS, get hacked
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