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Date: July 25, 2006

Delivered by ad networks, a banner ad for that ran on MySpace and other sites earlier this month was rigged to install up to five adware programs on the computers of users browsing an unpatched version of Internet Explorer, reports PC Mag. When malware security analyst Michael La Pilla of VeriSign's iDefense reported the problem, MySpace had already taken down the ad and was attempting to find the culprits.

iDefense estimates that the adware was installed on 1.07 million computers and was served on MySpace, Webshots and possibly Facebook pages, reports CIO Today. La Pilla found that the install program initiated by the banner ad contacted a Russian-language web server in Turkey that tracks the PCs on which the program has been installed.

Microsoft users who had not installed a Microsoft patch related to Windows Metafile (WMF) image files were vulnerable. Those using Firefox version 1.5 or later were protected.
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