Trend Micro’s Site Hacked

March 14th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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PC-Cillin creator Trend Micro has proven itself to be one of the best software security and antivirus makers on the market.  Trend Micro’s signature strategy of employing thousands of outsourced watchdogs in Asia and around the world to deliberately search and detect viruses has been a formiddable opponent to virus makers and hackers.

However, in an embarrasing episode, Trend Micro’s own website was hacked this week.   According to the vendor:

"A similar previous attack seems to have started more than a week ago, and nearly 200,000 Web pages have been found to be compromised, most of which are running phpBB. This contrasts (Wednesday’s) attack in that the vast majority of those were active server pages (.ASP). The ASP attacks are different than the phpBB ones in that the payload and method are quite different. Various exploits are used in the ASP attacks, where the phpBB ones rely on social engineering. phpBB mass hacks have occurred in the past, including those done by the Perl/Santy.worm back in 2004."

It just comes to show that hackers are really way to good for the antivirus industry.  The good thing is that Trend Micro does acknowledge these hackers skills and will probably be employing them once they catch them.

Too bad for Trend Micro though, it was their own site that had to be hacked.

[via CNET