A mass attack ongoing for the past month against Linux Apache Web servers has become increasingly successful because its break-in method makes use of an automated password and installation process, according to a security researcher monitoring its progress.
Don Jackson, senior security sesearcher at SecureWorks, says the attack, which was first thought to have compromised several hundred Web sites, has hit at least 10,000. He says the attack relies on making use of stolen passwords to Linux Apache servers by automating the installation process to force it to serve up attacks against vulnerabilities on Windows clients. "The Web server ends up serving up vulnerabilities from 2006 related to Windows malware," Jackson says. "The whole attack is very mysterious. It's based on a botnet but it doesn't match the Russian and Chinese groups and may be Western Europe or North American."
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