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New Alerts SWF, WMP 8, Hackingballz

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Davey7549, Jan 26, 2002.

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  1. Davey7549

    Davey7549 Thread Starter

    Feb 28, 2001
    Heres a couple of interesting items I ran across today.

    SWF (Macromedia shockwave files) vunerable to containing viruses!

    Windows media player 8 Spyware?
    'SuperCookie' in Windows Media Player Tracks Users
    Posted 12:00 AM, Jan. 17, 2002 by Graeme Bennett.
    Microsoft has implemented a feature in Windows Media Player 8 that could allow users' habits on the Internet to be tracked. And this "Feature" has some scary attributes: According to SecurityFocus.com, it can be used by Web sites to bypass all of the new privacy and P3P protections that Microsoft has added to Internet Explorer 6 (IE6). SuperCookies also work in all previous versions of Internet Explorer with all older versions of Windows. Worse, There appears to be no method of blocking these SuperCookies from a Web site except to uninstall Windows Media Player or to turn off JavaScript. SuperCookies will still work, even if someone is using a cookie blocker add-in!

    Fortunately, there's an easy solution: To turn off tracking, open Windows Media Player, go to Tools > Options and unselect the option: "Allow internet sites to uniquely identify your player," then click OK. And then tell Microsoft you don't like "features" like this, OK? For more

    Hackingballz.com Alert SuperSpamming!
    Posted 5:30 AM, Jan. 24, 2002 by Graeme Bennett.
    We've received several reports of a strange Spanish-language newsletter from hackingballz.com being sent out with "Reply to" email addresses of people who don't know the first thing about it. Unfortunately, they soon receive a deluge of mail from recipients of the letter, asking to be taken off "the list." Worse, some of the messages have the Hybris virus (or other virii) attached. We're not sure what is going on here, but apparently a spammer is using a mailing list, and there may be a viral exploit angle here, too.

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