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24 Jan 2006

Spear phishing for MPs

The Guardian newspaper reports that British Members of Parliament were specifically targeted in what looks like a spear-phishing attack. Thankfully, the Parliamentary security systems seem to have foiled the attack but other victims may not have the same level of protection. What's interesting about spear-phishing is that the classic pattern-matching antivirus tools may prove ineffective if the attackers create or use virgin never-before-in-the-wild malware specifically for these attacks. The implications are horrific.
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