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Is everyone here aware of this latest non-sense that wants to irritate
us? I do know that the hort.net servers are not Microsoft so we are safe
here... but!... don't say you were not warned!:)

Donna
---forward message----

Hackers Planting Malicious Code on Major Web Sites 

Internet scammers appear to be using three flaws in Microsoft 
products to place malicious code on popular web sites. Hackers struck 
Microsoft's Internet Information Server web site and planted code 
that plants keystroke recording software.   
Hackers could be stealing people's financial data through this 
infection known as "Scob" and it may not be long before others use 
this exploit to launch big attacks on the Internet and use it for 
spamming purposes.   
Microsoft says it issued patches in April which correct two of the 
flaws but has yet to issue a patch to correct the 3rd flaw. Users are 
advised Internet Explorer on its highest security setting, turn off 
javascript and remove surf.dat and Kk32.dll.
---

What You Should Know About Download.Ject


Published: June 24, 2004 | Updated June 26, 2004 8:45 P.M. Pacific Time

 
<http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/download_ject_worldwide.mspx
> 

Get this information in additional languages
<http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/download_ject_worldwide.mspx
> 

Microsoft teams are investigating a report of a security issue known as
Download.Ject affecting customers using Microsoft Internet Information
Services 5.0 (IIS) and Microsoft Internet Explorer, components of
Windows. (Download.Ject is also known as: JS.Scob.Trojan, Scob, and
JS.Toofeer.)

Important  Customers who have deployed Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC2 are
not at risk.

Reports indicate that Web servers running Windows 2000 Server and IIS
that have not applied update 835732, which was addressed by Microsoft
Security Bulletin MS04-011
<http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-011.mspx> , are
possibly being compromised and being used to attempt to infect users of
Internet Explorer with malicious code.

How to Help Protect Your Systems

*         System administrators. System administrators should follow the
steps outlined in Knowledge Base Article 871277
<http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=871277>  to apply update 835732 and
take any recovery steps that may be necessary.

*         Enterprise customers. Enterprise customers can minimize risk
by increasing the security of the Local Machine Zone in Internet
Explorer
<http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;833633> .

*         Home users. Use the following steps to update your computer,
remove any infection, and increase your browsing and e-mail safety
settings.

 

 

Actions for Home Users

 

1.

Install Critical Updates

 

Visit the Windows Update Web site <http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/>
to install all critical updates.

2.

Check for Infection

 

To determine if the malicious code is on your computer, search for the
following files:

*	Kk32.dll 
*	Surf.dat

Steps for Windows XP users:

1.       On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, and
then click Search. 

2.       Under What do you want to search for? click All files and
folders. 

3.       Under All or part of the file name:
type: Kk32.dll
and then click the Search button. 

4.       Under All or part of the file name:
type: Surf.dat
and then click the Search button. 

If either of these files is present, your computer may be infected. You
can find tools to clean your computer and obtain up-to-date antivirus
protection from the following software vendors participating in the
Microsoft Virus Information Alliance:

*	Symantec
<http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/js.scob.trojan.
html>  
*	F-Secure <http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/scob.shtml>  
*	Computer Associates
<http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/virus.aspx?id=39438> 

3.

Increase Your Browsing and E-Mail Safety

 

Follow the steps outlined on the page to Increase Your Browsing and
E-Mail Safety <http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/settings.mspx>

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