"The intention of the attack appears to be to steal information," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. Indeed, some of the malware components downloaded during the attack extract passwords from other applications on the PC, including browsers and email clients.
I find it interesting that this is even possible. Considering reports that Microsoft is a front for the NSA, and that Windows saves certain information to a secret area on the hard drive, which is apparently periodically dumped to NSA servers, I have to wonder how many malware attacks are sanctioned by Microsoft. And you thought that Google saving your surfing history was bad. You can't even type anything into Notepad without the NSA being able to surreptitiously save it and read it at their convenience.