Security Experts Warn a New Computer Virus on Rise (May 18, 2009) — Web users have been warned by security experts at Sophos against a new malware attack by cybercriminals.

virus-newThe new malware JSRedir-R program also called Gumblar could be used by cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive information.

Anti-virus experts at Sophos said that this malware, is spreading rapidly online, around six times faster than its nearest rival. Last week, almost half of all malware found on websites was identified as the JSRedir-R Trojan.

JSRedir-R program embeds itself within legitimate but poorly secured websites, and loads malicious programs from third-party sites on to a user’s computer without their knowledge. This gives hackers and cybercriminals a “back door entry” in to the machine and gives them the opportunity to steal passwords, identity details.

Anti-virus experts have warned computer users to ensure their antivirus software is up to date in order to protect themselves against the malware threat.

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