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October 27, 2005

New worms could be born from Samy.

The newly discovered Samy worm is one of the first to exploit a cross-site scripting vulnerability, a technique security experts fear could be used to open a new front in attacks. 

Samy is a self-propagating worm that appears to have been written by a member of MySpace.com, a community site dedicated to helping friends stay in touch and share pictures. By exploiting vulnerabilities in the MySpace.com site, the worm added a million users to the author's "friends" list.

Although the worm is no threat to other Web sites, security experts say the new self-propagating cross-site scripting (XSS) worm will likely be copied by other writers of malicious software.

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