by Laura Yecies
Do you wonder what we mean when we say a legitimate Web
site can be compromised to attack you?
Here’s a great example. You would never, ever expect
your local county Web site to give you a virus…but that’s just what
some unlucky folks got when they visited an emergency incident Web page offered
by Warren County, New Jersey. A server at the site’s hosting company was
hacked, and the perpetrators used the Web page to distribute malware to
unsuspecting people who browsed to it.
The county had to take the page down, and now they are
working to find a company that can host the content more securely. It’s a
tough, real-world lesson for the site’s administrators, but further proof
to all Web surfers that proactive browser security like ZoneAlarm ForceField is
an essential part of your overall security strategy.
More info on the Warren County incident:
Security worries prompt end to postings
Want to know more about how some of these attacks work,
from a technical perspective? Here’s a good story from Gregg Keizer at
Computerworld on a current SQL Injection attack using botnets:
Phishing botnet expands by hacking legit