Friday, July 18, 2008

Malware in infected MP3 files

From Slashdot comes news of a new form of malware that uses MP3 files to carry its worm code:
Infected files launch IE [Internet Explorer - Ed] and load a page that asks the user to download a codec. The download, a Trojan horse, installs a proxy program to route other traffic through the PC.
OK, there's lots of geeky security stuff at the link if you're interested. If you're not, there's a simple rule:

ANY time you're told that you "need to download a new codec" you say NO.

Gozer: Are you a God?

[Ray looks at Venkman, who nods]

Ray: No.

Gozer: Then... DIE!

[Lightning flies from her fingers, Ghostbusters almost wiped out]

Winston: Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"!

So, if y'all like to download MP3s from p2p networks, and Gozer asks you if you want to download a new codec, go ahead and say yes. If you're a God.

1 comment:

JD said...

Ghostbusters, now that was a classic. . .

thanks for the info, I will keep that in mind