TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Web Services Increasingly Under Attack

Web Services Increasingly Under Attack

Monty Solomon (
Sat, 24 Jun 2006 01:30:52 -0400

By DAN GOODIN AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- As more people turn to Web applications for
everyday tasks like e-mail, friendship and payments, cyber criminals
are following them in search of bank account details and other
valuable data, security researchers said.

Users of Yahoo Inc.'s e-mail service, Google Inc.'s Orkut social
networking site and eBay Inc.'s PayPal online payment service were
among the targets of attacks in recent weeks. All three companies have
acknowledged and plugged the security holes.

The attacks come as Microsoft Corp., whose Windows operating system
runs about 90 percent of the world's computers, has plugged many of
the most easily exploited holes in its e-mail program, browser and
other products following dozens of embarrassing breaches over the past
several years.

They also come amid the growing popularity of online communities such
as and of Web-based calendar, messaging and other services
offered by Google, Yahoo and others.

As larger audiences flock to Web sites that run on ever more powerful
programming scripts, malware writers are finding them fertile ground.


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