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CNN targeted by Rinbot

Turner Broadcasting System, owner of CNN, was allegedly hit by a Rinbot worm last week, according to reports.

Turner Broadcasting System, owner of CNN, was allegedly hit by a Rinbot worm last week, according to reports.

The Rinbot worm spreads using known vulnerabilities in Windows software, as well as a flaw in Symantec’s antivirus software that the vendor has now patched.

“Only CNN can know what really happened inside its organisation,” Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, told vnunet.com.

“We do know that Delbot, also known as Rinbot, exploits a vulnerability in Symantec’s security software, and it is possible that this was a factor in the media company being infected,” he added.

Cluley stressed that firms need to be vigilant in updating their security software.

“Even though Symantec issued a fix for the flaw in its software last year, some companies experience difficulties keeping up-to-date on patches and rolling them out across all of the computers on their network,” Cluley added, according to the report.

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