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Bhutto assassination leads to Virus propagation

Criminals (opens in new tab) have been piggy-backing on the assassination of the former Pakistani Prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, to unleash a new wave of malware that is thrusted upon unsuspected users, as a HD Codec.

McAfee Avert Labs found out that a video that purports to show the last moments of Mrs Bhutto cons viewers into installing a fake codec.

This fake Trojan Codec is detected by McAfee as Puper. The downloaded exploit is detected as VBS/Psyme and the executable is detected as Generic Downloader.c

Malware authors are very smart at using the crowd effect to grab more than a few victims. By using Smart engineering, they are able to trick search engines such as Google to get their infected pages high on search results.

Websense shows how in the case of Mrs Bhutto assassination, infected results appear very high on the result page and are mostly hosted on blog websites like Blogger or Blogspot.

The next big events this year, the Olympic Games and the US Presidential Elections are probably going to be a crunch period for security teams all around the world as criminals come up with even more smart ways to compromise users' machine.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.