Feeds

Paris Hilton website violated by Trojan-spreaders

That's not hot

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Virus authors reportedly planted malicious code on Paris Hilton's website late last week.

Following the attack, surfers visiting the ParisHilton.com site were prompted to install an "update" via a dialogue box. Whether they accepted this update or decided to "cancel" it, a download of a malicious executable was initiated, according to internet reports.

The attack was reportedly used to serve up the Trojan-Spy.Zbot.YETH Trojan, a rootkit trojan designed to steal online banking information and to allow the download of other malicious code.

The assault was detected by web security firm ScanSafe on 9 January but cleansed by Tuesday morning, according to net security firm Sophos, hours after news of the assault broke.

The type of attack thrown against ParisHilton.com is similar to a recent attack on MLB.com, the Major League Baseball website, and the self-explanatory sexy-celeb-photos.com. Each of these assaults was much more in your face than traditional drive-by download attacks, but they also stemmed from the same underlying cause - website vulnerabilities left open to abuse by hackers.

Over the years the hapless Hilton has become a serial victim of various computer hacking and security attacks. Four years ago the notable heiress and airhead was unfortunate enough to suffer from a hack against her T-Mobile account which resulted in the leak of messages, contact details and photos.

Last March another hacker gained access to private pictures after breaking into her Facebook account. And just days ago, messages from a faked LinkedIn profile ostensibly maintained by Ms Hilton pointed to malicious downloads. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
FYI this isn't just going to target Windows, Linux and OS X fans
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?
If you do, tell NOBODY what it's for or how it works
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Free virtual appliance for wire data analytics
The ExtraHop Discovery Edition is a free virtual appliance will help you to discover the performance of your applications across the network, web, VDI, database, and storage tiers.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.