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Re: SMTP attacks, anyone ?
From: Valdis Kletnieks <Valdis.Kletnieks () VT EDU>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:14:38 -0400
On Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:23:24 -0700, Mike Iglesias said:
They may have had outdated software on a system they used (like Flash, Java,
Adobe Reader) that was leveraged by a web site to gain control of the system,
install a keylogger, and had their password(s) captured. This doesn't
necessarily need "risky network behavior" to happen - it could be an ad server
that has been compromised and is distributing attack code with the ads it is
serving, or something along those lines.
A useful Firefox add-on:
Running that and NoScript, and you will be *astounded* at how many different
sites and domains you're downloading from to get a web page displayed (I think
servers, and content from 2 dozen). And compromise of *any* of them can lead
to a drive-by fruiting.