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    Concerns on possibly suffering from high blood pressure due to excessive eating and drinking this holiday season may result in more online searches related to the disease. Research Project Manager Ivan Macalintal said that the increasing number of people suffering from high blood pressure this holiday season can generate more visits to Web sites containing tips on managing blood pressure. And that, according to Macalintal, is where the danger lurks. It seems that an innocent search for information on “ways to lower blood pressure” may unleash a silent killer of a different type.

    Trend Micro researchers discovered a malicious software that can download and execute a sinister downloader-backdoor, which is detected as BKDR_HUPIGON.MER. The said backdoor is a member of the HUPIGON family or the Grey Pigeon of backdoor Trojans. It opens the Web site http://www.{BLOCKED} to hide the execution of its routines.


    It connects to a certain server where it can listen for commands from a remote malicious user who may then take virtual control over an affected system.

    The holiday season is far from over. As the partying and revelries reach their peak, unhealthy eating may bring about not only clogged arteries but also backdoors via the Internet to silently kill the joy that the holidays bring.

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