Taking advantage of these multiple flaws, a group of Russian crackers recently mounted attacks on several hundred Web sites--aimed at putting lots of visitors at risk. Included on their hit list were some very reputable sites.
Some Scob virus strains installed keystroke-logging software on users' PCs--apparently to steal financial data (head to "Known Trojan Still Plagues Web Servers" for more details).
Microsoft says that your PC will be protected if you're running the beta version of Windows XP Service Pack 2. (Visit "Windows XP Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 2 Preview" for a link to the close-to-final version of SP2). The company says it is still working on a patch to deal specifically with this combination of flaws.