Fake YouTube Page Creator – The Risk

September 15, 2008

Last week PandaLabs discovered a new tool for creating fake YouTube video pages as a way of deceiving users into installing malware. The vector for infection is similar to many fake codec based malware attacks seen in recent weeks (CNN, MSNBC, etc). The flexibility of this tool allows anyone to direct the fake Adobe Flash update error to any malicious executable file hosted on any server – this means that essentially a hacker could register several domains in different countries (as seen in the CNN alerts attack) and utilize a bot-net to distribute a mass amount of spam pointing to these fake YouTube pages. 

This tool introduces considerable risk to the community as it allows any hacker to easily generate false pages that have the look and feel of authentic YouTube pages and with the right combination of sending out spam, this could cause great damage.

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