By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
June 30, 2010
Nearly a month after a Google engineer released details of a new Windows
XP flaw, criminals have dramatically ramped up online attacks that
leverage the bug.
Microsoft reported Wednesday that it has now logged more than 10,000
attacks. "At first, we only saw legitimate researchers testing innocuous
proof-of-concepts. Then, early on June 15th, the first real public
exploits emerged," Microsoft said in a blog posting.
"Those initial exploits were targeted and fairly limited. In the past
week, however, attacks have picked up."
The attacks, which are being launched from malicious Web pages, are
concentrated in the U.S., Russia, Portugal, Germany and Brazil,
PCs based in Russia and Portugal, in particular, are seeing a very high
concentration of these attacks, Microsoft said.
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