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Super Bowl site attacked by Trojan Horse.

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The official Web site of Dolphin Stadium(the location of this weekend's Super Bowl XLI game)has been infected with a Trojan horse program. The virus seeks to download keystroke-logging software on Windows machines if users visit the site without the latest security updates from Microsoft, security experts warn.

The site still hosts the virus, and it advises people to steer clear of the site for now. The Trojan tries to use two different exploits to break into Windows PCs; one of them was fixed by a patch Microsoft. It is clear that the bad guys are counting on major traffic to the site this weekend.The site is also receiving a large number of visitors, thanks in part to some Super Bowl search terms that prominently link to the site. According Alexa, the stadium site receives about 784,000 hits per week.

If you want to be on a safer side it is preferable to take some time and do the Microsoft Update.

Microsoft always advises consumers to better protect themselves by visiting only "trusted sites." However, this type of attack highlights that even popular consumer sites can harbor serious problems. High-profile Web sites like Dolphin Stadium's should do even a rudimentary security review to thwart this type of attack.

But now, within few hours of this attack the site has been cleaned up.But it is suspected that the same virus may have been seeded into other sites. The main "podcasts" page on the Web site for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention appears to have been infected at some point .The technicians at CDC are checking on the situation. There obviously are multiple sites currently infected with this Trojan, so make sure you're up to date on Microsoft patches.

This attack depends on the user allowing Javascript computer code to run in the browser.



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