The organized and well-resourced cybercriminals who compromised systems at Google, Adobe and more than 30 other large companies used a previously unknown, zero-day Internet Explorer exploit as part of their arsenal to install data-stealing malware on target machines, researchers at McAfee revealed Thursday.
Microsoft is planning to update its Windows platforms so that their AutoRun features - one of the preferred vectors for spreading the infectious Conficker worm - does not support USB sticks, the company announced Tuesday. In the next version of the operating system, Windows 7, AutoRun - a technology that automatically runs programs when media is plugged into a PC - only will work for CDs and DVDs. Engineers plan to extend this change to Vista and XP platforms. — DK