Hackers are using online audio and video sharing to plant malicious codes which can hijack users’ computers, the Associated Press has reported.
The codes are being hidden in video and audio streamed and downloaded from social networking websites like MySpace and video portal YouTube.
The discovery was reported by iSEC researcher David Thiel at a Black Hat computer protection conference in Las Vegas.
Any MySpace page you go to you can’t get it to stop playing music at you. You will probably start seeing malware installs this way just like we see through images, Mr Thiel explained as cited by AFP.
Files being targeted include MP3s, internet telephony, and Microsoft’s Xbox Live online software.
Black Hat’s director, Jeff Moss, said Mr Thiel was chosen to demonstrate the files’ vulnerabilities because of the massive increase in popularity of social networking and media websites. This is the next logical place to attack. People know now to open strange documents, but they click on MP3s all day long, he said, as cited by the Associated Press.