Obfuscation Codes Find Way into Rich-Content Files

The growing popularity of rich-content files seems to have opened opportunities for cyber-criminals to spread malicious programs that allow them to steal PINs, passwords and other confidential information over the Internet, reveals a report from security firm - Finjan.

Finjan announced on September 23, 2008 that the company's Malicious Code Research Center (MCRC) discovered instances of obfuscated code placed inside rich-content files, indicating that such codes need not necessarily be embedded only in HTML Web pages of legitimate sites.

The report says that user-generated content on Web 2.0 Websites and online ads are increasingly used for diverting users towards content files infected with malware.

Also, the rising popularity of Portable Document Files (PDFs) and oth...

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