Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New warnings on infected videos (Erin Andrews; Georgia c.p. case)


Several major media outlets are reporting that hackers have tricked computer users into downloading a video supposedly “showing” ESPN host (illegally) Erin Andrews but actually infected with malware. The malware apparently involves popups with spyware that will later be used to record keystrokes. The WJZ story is here.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reporting an old email phishing scam that involves an unidentified man engaging in child pornography. Theoretically, a user who downloaded the video being offered (as an attachment) could be guilty of possessing c.p., although it’s not clear how knowing the possession would have to be (could depend on the state). The story is here.

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