Interesting article posted today on securityfocus.com titled “Malware goes to the movies”. The article talks about how we are seeing a rise in malware on popular video sites like YouTube and Google Video and the methods used by attackers to spread their malware.
On Tuesday, November 14, McAfee had sent a warning to Microsoft users that a new worm named “W32/Realor” was released which took advantage of a vulnerability in Real Player. The malware doesn’t spread just by watching the video. Instead, it has to entice the user into clicking a link which takes the trusting victim to a malicious site where it then tries infecting the system. At this point, there isn’t anything that suggests this type of attack is spreading rapidly. However, knowing the nature of Web users to trust sites like YouTube, and an increase in the number of videos that are linked by sites like MySpace, it is very possible to see a continual rise in the number of these types of attacks.
Moral of the story, before you set off to go YouTubing (catchy?) down the river of homemade videos and television sitcoms, be sure you are wearing an up to date anti-virus life vest. You just don’t know which video could knock you overboard.
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