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On the Loose: A QuickTime Bug

On the Loose: A QuickTime Bug

I hate having to bring bad news your way, but there is a new bug on the loose that threatens both Windows XP and Vista and you all really should know about it. On Monday (November 26, 2007), Pcworld.com posted a story about a vulnerability in the QuickTime program. It looks like the security hole in QuickTime allows hackers to access your system and use it to send spam, spyware and adware across the Web. It may also allow them to access your passwords to get into your sensitive information. Yikes!

This attack is now active on the Internet and many security consultants have found that people are writing viruses from it.

The good news though is that you can only be affected by this bug if you watch certain streaming videos or if you’re convinced to download a new file for QuickTime.

At this time, the security hole has not been patched by Apple (the creators of QuickTime) or by any other security software companies. The only advice I can give is to be careful! Do not visit any Web sites you do not trust. Do not watch Internet based videos on Web sites you have never been to before and finally, do not download any files that end in .qtl, unless you absolutely trust the provider. Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends!

~ Gary