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Hackers breach PCs via Quicktime and Winzip

Cyber criminals are trying to gain unauthorized access to PCs via security holes in QuickTime and WinZip programs, security firm Symantec has warned.

Cyber criminals are trying to gain unauthorized access to PCs via security holes in QuickTime and WinZip programs, security firm Symantec has warned.

In its latest security alert, Symantec said malicious websites have been modified to exploit security flaws in both pieces of software. Although the flaws had been identified early as last year, Symantec said that this is the first time they had observed their use for hacking online.

The attacks work by placing malicious code with multiple exploits on websites, Symantec said in a security alert. The sites appear to be that of a trusted financial institution, but instead attempt to silently install keystroke-logging software, according to Symantec. Links to the sites are likely to be advertised in spam, it said.

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