Hackers exploit Tiger Woods car accident to spread malware

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Cybercriminals have wasted no time taking advantage of the news that the world’s number one golfer, Tiger Woods, has been involved in a car accident outside his house in Florida.

Hackers have created webpages claiming to contain video content related to the accident where Tiger Woods reportedly crashed his car into a fire hydrant and tree as he left his home at 02:25 local time.

However, if users try and watch the videos (some of which claim that Tiger Woods’ marriage to his Swedish model wife Elin Nordegren was suffering difficulties because of his alleged friendship with New York City party girl Rachel Uchitel) they are taken to a fake video player page which tries to download an executable file to their computer’s hard drive.

The file, called Movie_HD_Plugin_Update.40014.exe, claims to be a plugin to allow you to watch the video, but users would be very unwise to…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.