Anti-malware applications and spam filters are now routinely used by
nearly all businesses. Yet digital garbage may still be pouring into
employees’ machines from an unsuspected source: RSS and Atom feeds.

 Both feed formats automatically deliver updated news and other types of
Web information directly to subscribers’ readers and aggregators. But
feeds can also be used by hackers to surreptitiously transfer viruses,
Trojan horses, worms and various other types of malware. That’s because
feed suppliers often scoop up content automatically without giving
thought to the code’s safety. As a result, data — both good and bad —
is transferred directly to subscribers’ computers.

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