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Chapter 1. The Problem with the Blue E

Chapter 1. The Problem with the Blue E

On July 6, 2004, US-CERT (the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and public and private sectors that protects the nation's Internet infrastructure) released a security report in response to a frightening new security attack.

The infection began on June 24, 2004, when a menace named Download.Ject first made its appearance. Criminals secretly compromised the machines hosting the web sites of several banks, stores, auction sites, and search engines, by taking advantage of a hole in Microsoft's web server software. After taking over the servers, the crooks placed programming code on them so that if you requested a web page from one of the sites, a program was insidiously installed on your computer. This powerful little program could not only place a back door on your computer that would allow hackers to take it over and control it without your knowledge, but could also install keylogging software that would capture passwords and credit card numbers as you typed them.


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