Nine Ball Worm Enters Hype Cycle

New worm Nine Ball compromises more than 40,000 Web sites, redirecting users to pages that stealthly download Trojans and spyware. But is Nine Ball the next big threat after Conficker and Gumblar, or is it just more hype?

If someone is talking about Nine Ball to you today, it's likely not about a game of billiards. Nine Ball is the latest worm compromising Web sites and infecting unsuspecting PCs with a Trojan. Detected less than a week ago by researchers at Websense, the new worm has already compromised more than 40,000 Web sites worldwide.

Sounds serious, eh? Perhaps. But there are conflicting reports over the severity of Nine Ball.

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