[FoRK] Google attacks hit staff friends
kelley at inkworkswell.com
Wed Feb 3 03:52:57 PST 2010
At 10:49 PM 1/25/2010, Michael Cummins wrote:
>-- begin snip --
>Google attacks hit staff friends
>"Someone went to the trouble to backtrack: 'Let me look at their friends,
>who I can target as a secondary person'."
>McAfee discovered that a previously unknown flaw in Microsoft's Internet
>Explorer had been used in the attacks. Mr Kurtz said the attackers also used
>one of the most popular instant messaging programmes to induce victims to
>click on a link that installed spy software.
>-- end snip --
>The social hacking is pretty interesting. I notice that they were all too
>happy to name Microsoft's failure, but why go out of their way to avoid
>naming "one of the most popular instant messaging programmes"?
>I must getting old. Everything smells like an agenda these days.
it's always hard to tell when some technology journalist is writing, but it
looks like all they did was send an IM with a link to a page containing
malware. The malware exploited their browsers, and they used the browser
vulnerability to gain further access to the targeted Google employees. In
that case, it was a social engineering attack. The vulnerability was in the
people, not the IM program.
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