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E-mails with malicious links grow tenfold compared to malicious attachments


E-mail messages with malicious attachments is no longer the preferred mechanism to infect system. Mails with malicious links are on the rise, states a report published by U.K.-based MessageLabs Ltd.

A quote from the article at PC World:

...35 percent of the e-mail threats it now detects use embedded links to infect computers instead of the more traditional file attachments. In the March-June time frame, that figure was 20.2 percent, said the company. And in the opening quarter of 2007, a mere 3.3 percent of the intercepted threats carried links...

Links embedded in the e-mail redirect the user to cleverly crafted Web sites that are used to extract vital information from the users. Very often, it is the trusted sites that are compromised and used to install Trojans on the system to later contribute to botnets for organized attacks.

Detecting such attacks take lot more effort, since the e-mail as such does not carry any malicious package. With the rapid increase of Web-based attacks, coupled with the vulnerabilities in the browsers and software used to access the Web, caution seems the best preventive measure.

4 comments
BALTHOR
BALTHOR

I submit in a forum and my DVD writer stops working.These computer virus that infect somehow go right into the electronics.I can erase the drive and re-install Windows and the problem is still there.This hacking is not a few errant teens it is a full blown terrorist organization.I think that it is very hard to prove this malicious link stuff and it is even harder to present a case to the FBI or the FCC.

jdclyde
jdclyde

because he is the Norse god of blahblahblah....

Chipv
Chipv

Are you kidding me? It is highly unlikely that any hacker orginization or spam goup for that matter is taking the time to try and right programs to right into the eprom or ram of hardware devices!! Most devices, like your DVD player, have Hardware encoded devices(in other words, it needs a hardware device to re-program). I can only guess at what happened to your computer, but it sounds like it is probably an issue with the Imapi call or a DLL that may have been hammered during a previous installation. Before you start the next world War, research your Issue better!!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Check his previous posts and you'll discover he's not worth reading or responding to.