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Snowman Attack Campaign Targets IE10 Zero-Day Bug

Military personnel appear to be the targets of watering-hole attacks from a hacked VFW website.

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Mathew
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Mathew,
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2/18/2014 | 10:05:02 AM
Update to story: IE9 and IE10 affected
The VFW issued a statement Friday confirming that its site was hacked:

On February 12, the VFW National Headquarters was notified of a unique and evolved attack on its website. The attackers were able to breach several layers of VFW cyber-security software, installing malicious code that would prompt a malware download to the computers of visitors to vfw.org using Internet Explorer 9 or 10. VFW immediately identified the threat and rectified the code. At this point, there is no indication that any member or donor data was compromised. VFW is currently working with federal law enforcement and a computer security incident response team to locate the source of the attack and determine the extent of the event.

Lorna Garey
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2/14/2014 | 11:46:54 AM
IE preferred browser?
Given that the attackers hope victims will be working on sensitive data on the infected computers, that implies they think these will be work devices, not personal. What browser does the Pentagon standardize on? It doesn't seem like IE is a smart choice.
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