Fake YouTube pages spread malware
Lee graves, a threat communications specialist at eSoft, told SC Magazine that a pop-up appears after users attempt to play videos on one of the fake pages, prompting them to download a media codec. By proceeding to download the file, users are then redirected to a malware distribution site.
The site was distributing rogue AV programs and downloader trojans - malware that enables foreign entities to lift information from a user's computer - which were detected by only eight of the top 41 AV scanners, SC reports.
Attackers have introduced SEO strategies to make the web pages more prominent in web searching, SC relays. Using popular news events and individuals is a common way for malware to boost its prominence on the web.
Social networking bigwigs, Twitter, recently had malware issues of its own as fake emails were sent to Twitter accounts asking users to reset their passwords. Nearly 55,000 instances of the spam campaign were discovered by web security company Websense last week.