Multiple media reports on multimedia malware

Graham Cluley

There have been many media reports (The Register, BBC News Online, TechRadar, ZDNet, Eweek, etc..) in the last 24 hours or so following a blog post from our friends at McAfee, describing a Trojan horse that is said to have infested P2P networks.

The Trojan horse (which is detected as Troj/Wimad-E by Sophos, but called Downloader-UA.h in many of the news stories) is reported to have struck the PCs of home users who have downloaded specially-crafted MPG movie and MP3 music files from peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.

This isn’t a new technique for malware authors. For years they have used a cornucopia of alluring filenames on a variety of P2P networks to try and seed their malware. This latest attempt Windows uses Digital Rights Management (DRM) to trigger a visit to a malicious webpage that will, in turn, attempt to download adware-related files to the downloader’s computer…

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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.