YouTube latest Storm hook

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Aug 28, 2007

Fake video links aim to pull in yet more victims.

The never-ending stream of 'Storm' attacks continued over the weekend with a new tactic - the latest spammed email campaign contained links claiming to lead to videos on highly popular entertainment site YouTube.

The simple emails follow in the wake of several similar campaigns, disguised as offers of site memberships and e-cards celebrating various events. The text of the mail has a vague message along the lines of 'I can't believe you did this', and provides a link looking like a standard entry on the YouTube site, which allows users to post their own videos for free and was taken over by Google last October.

The links in fact lead to compromised systems hosting fake web pages, which use various exploits aimed at common vulnerabilities to access and infect the visiting machine. Details and screenshots of the latest tactic are here (from McAfee), here (from Sophos) or here (from WebSense).

Posted on 28 August 2007 by Virus Bulletin



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