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Windows 7: Cybercriminals target Silverlight browser plug-in users


15 Nov 2013   #1

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Cybercriminals target Silverlight browser plug-in users

Cybercriminals target Silverlight browser plug-in users with new exploit kit

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The creators of a web-based attack tool called Angler Exploit Kit have added an exploit for a known vulnerability in Microsoft’s Silverlight browser plug-in to the tool’s arsenal.

Exploit kits are essentially malicious web applications that check if visitors run outdated software on their computers and then exploit vulnerabilities in that software to install malware. They usually target popular applications that are accessible through browser plug-ins, such as Java, Flash Player, and Adobe Reader.

The attacks launched by exploit kits are called drive-by download attacks and have become one of the main methods of distributing malware.

According to an independent malware researcher who uses the pseudonym Kafeine, aside from Java and Flash Player, Angler EK is now also targeting Silverlight, a runtime environment for rich Internet applications developed by Microsoft.
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16 Nov 2013   #2

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I wonder, how many people use Silverlight? Beyond Microsoft's own website I don't think I've been to even one site that required it. Most online games use Flash, and Kongregate uses Flash or Unity(for the 3D stuff).
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16 Nov 2013   #3

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A lot of people installed it when MS forst offered it. It sounded like it was going to be the next big thing, and replace Flash. I removed it from my Mom's PC, she didn't even know how it got there. They continue to offer it at Windows Updates even after it's hidden when a "new version" comes out. As you say, the only place I have seen it personally is some MS help links. I know you need it for Netflix, although they plan to dump it. A Guy
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