Major Windows worm attack 'imminent'

by admin August 14, 2006 at 12:17 pm

‘Significant’ threat could arrive within hours, warn experts

Security firm nCircle has warned of an imminent worm attack that is likely to exploit a vulnerability patched by Microsoft last week in the MS06-040 security bulletin.

The US Department of Homeland Security last week took the unprecedented step of warning Windows users to install a new security patch issued by Microsoft.

The warning followed an announcement by Microsoft that an attacker who exploited the vulnerability “could take complete control of an affected system” making it possible to install malicious programs or to change or delete data.

Owing to the nature of this particular Windows vulnerability, the imminent worm is likely to be widespread, fast-moving and could cause significant network downtime, nCircle believes.

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