Malware Hijacking YouTube Users

http://www.youtube.comAs reported by Mashable and PCWorld YouTube is being used as a vehicle to infect users with Zlob malware. The malware is in a form of a fake video link which initiates the install of a trojan, which then bombards users with porn adware.

It’s times like these where you really hope that the YouTube security personnel are on the ball, as they are the only ones who can do anything regarding this matter. Because of the human intervention that is required to remove these types of attacks, it is being reported that the malware will have at least a few hours to spread before the infectious links are taken down.

There are no numbers as of yet that describe the amount of people that have been infected thus far, but considering the malicious code is a link and the infected video could perhaps be embedded on a number of websites, we are looking at a potentially dangerous situation. It will be interesting to find out later in the day today, the number of users who have reported being infected.

If I were you, I would stay away from YouTube until we are given the all clear.

4 thoughts on “Malware Hijacking YouTube Users

  1. I think I was hit with this a few weeks ago. I kept getting some weird pop ups whenever i visited youtube.

    p.s. I LOVE this wordpress theme, i may have to steal it!

  2. Thanks Chaf. I just find it interesting that I could go to YouTube to check out some videos and one of those videos could perhaps infect my system with malware. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised but it’s interesting none the less. About the theme:

    I decided that I wanted to get into the blogosphere and my subject matter was going to center around Web 2.0 I figured that, if I was going to have content that dealt with Web 2.0, I better make sure that content is surrounded by a Web 2.0 inspired design.

    I checked out the numerous themes that were available for free for WordPress and although none of them fit my needs exactly, I did come across one or two of them that fit my ideal needs as far as LAYOUT goes. I actually enjoyed a few different elements between the two different designs and after a bit of hacking, I had the best of both worlds from each design. I also took my primary design and reworked it, so in the end it looks like a custom design which really fits my needs.

    You can view which templates this site is based off of by reading the footer of this site.

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