Attacks Via Automated Updates

August 17th, 2009

Computer SecurityHere’s a new type of computer attack that could catch the unwary user. The program, called Ippon, scans unsecured wireless traffic for software update requests, many of which are automatically performed by the programs on your computer. It then responds to the update request before the real site does, and your system is updated with malware that can take over your computer, steal personal information, or destroy data. There are ways to defend against this, but it takes a tech-savvy person to use them.


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