Symantec: Phel Trojan horse attacks on Windows XP
It can affect systems, even if the latest XP service pack has been installed.
News Story by Linda Rosencrance
DECEMBER 30, 2004 (COMPUTERWORLD) - Security firm Symantec Corp. is warning users of a newly discovered Trojan horse named Phel -- an anagram of the word help -- that attacks Windows XP. The Trojan is capable of remotely controlling a user's system even if the latest Windows XP Service Pack, SP2, has been installed.
The Trojan horse, distributed as an HTML file, attempts to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Explorer's HTML Help Control component in all versions of Windows. The vulnerability was discovered in October.
Microsoft is actively investigating new public reports of a criminal attack, according to a Microsoft spokesperson...
...Microsoft said customers in North America who think they may have been affected can receive help with security update issues or viruses at no charge by calling Product Support Services at 866-727-2338. International customers can receive the same level of support online at http://support.microsoft.com.
Customers in the U.S. who believe they have been attacked should contact their local FBI office or post their complaint online at www.ifccfbi.gov. Customers outside the U.S. should contact the national law enforcement agency in their country, the spokesperson said.