Microsoft Continues AntiSpyware Investigation

    February 11, 2005

A Trojan attack that partially targeted Microsoft’s new anti-spyware has caused the company to respond.

The attack is being conducted by the Bankash-A Trojan, a variant that tries to delete AntiSpyware program files and blocks the utility’s warning messages. A report on, courtesy of the AP, discusses the Trojan attack with Stephen Toulouse, a Microsoft security program manager.

To be attacked, Toulouse said, a user would have to be fooled into opening an e-mail attachment that would then start the malicious program. He said the company had not seen any evidence so far that the attack is widespread.

Toulouse said Microsoft was recommending that users who believe they might be attacked use antivirus software, such as products made by Symantec Corp. or McAfee Inc., to try to remove it.

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