Fake YouTube videos spread trojan


Fake YouTube videos spread trojan

Antony Savvas

Google Reader and Picasa users should beware of invitations to view fake YouTube videos.

The invitations hide the malicious Trojan that infected Facebook users earlier this year, say security experts.

Researchers at web security firm Fortinet say a malicious program, similar to the Koobface worm that infected Facebook users this summer, is using the Google Reader and Picasa photo websites to spread.

Cybercriminals are hosting images that look like YouTube videos on the Google sites. Facebook users are being invited to watch the videos.

When Facebook users try to view the videos they are told they need to download codec decompression software to enable them to do so.

Instead, they download a malicious program onto their PC. This gives the cybercriminals remote access to their data which can be used for fraud. Their machine could also be used to relay spam e-mails.

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