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Emma Watson Movie File Drops Malware, States Zscaler

A nasty movie file pledging adult content related to Emma Watson, the wizard friend in Harry Potter's film, is presently wildly disseminating online, researchers from Zscaler the security company states.

Reportedly, Zscaler discovered the malevolent web-link that is supposed to lead onto a website, which stores a new home video of Emma Watson that nobody has seen earlier.

Supported chiefly on smartutnetwork.rr.nu or strongrzholder.rr.nu, names of Russian domains, the website appears quite similar to an authentic YouTube site, its middle portion displaying the celebrity's photograph.

Moreover, the scheme's perpetrator, in an attempt to give the entire episode a realistic touch, posted several remarks beneath the movie strip, which looked as though they were from site visitors who had by now seen it.

Also, upon pressing on "Play," the web-page produces an alert for the victim about one obsolete Flash Player that requires being made up-to-date so that the aforementioned video can be viewed.

In the meantime, there's also an accurate duplication of the window for downloading Adobe's Flash Player towards merely lending a trustworthy feeling to the scheme for, it is just one browser pop-up, which takes the victim onto the real culprit that within the current instance is a Trojan installer.

Remarking about the above malicious scheme, Zscaler's researchers stated that it appeared similar to a desktop application having a download function of an animation, in spite of belonging to the look-alike YouTube website. Help Net Security reported this in news on October 26, 2011.

Furthermore, as for the scandsk.exe promised file, merely 17% of the Virus Total's AV (anti-virus) engines have been able to spot it, Zscaler notes.

The researchers from the company, in addition stated that bogus photographs else movie clips of global celebrities in nude were frequently utilized as baits within malware propagating campaigns.

Conclusively, to remain safe from the above mentioned malicious software scam, researchers from Zscaler urge computer operators for ensuring that they've their AV solutions up-to-date, while treating those websites with suspicion which alert them about obsolete anti-virus on their computers and that it requires updating, similar to the warning within the aforementioned instance.

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