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PostSubject: Be Cautious When Clicking on Links   10/13/2008, 23:25

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:50 am Post subject: Members be cautious · Quote · Edit · Delete · IP


When clicking on a link in a post on the board you should look the link over carefully. It seems that the bad guys have figured a way to post a link in messages originating from an infected system.
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The new Storm Worm variant attacks the machines of unsuspecting users when they open an e-mail attachment, click on a malicious e-mail link or visit a malicious site, said Dmitri Alperovitch, principal research scientist at Secure Computing.

But the twist comes when these people later post blogs or bulletin board notices. The software will insert into each of their postings a link to a malicious Web site, said Alperovitch, who rates the threat as "high."

"We haven't seen the Web channel used before," he said. "In the past, we've seen malicious links distributed to people in a user's address book and made to look like it's an instant message coming from them."

The danger in this most recent case, he added, is that the user is actually posting a legitimate blog or bulletin board notice, unaware that a malicious link has been slipped into the text of the posting.

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I would advise right clicking links included in posts to evaluate their target and any potential for infection. Of course, keep virus scanners updated and running in constant scan mode.

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