Videos From Fake YouTube Install Adware

Wensense, the security vendor, reported that it has located porn videos that need the Zango installation from a fake YouTube site. The trend is rising on MySpace social networking Website that has millions of viewers. The hackers trick users to click on the bogus YouTube videos to install destructive adware files on their systems unknowingly.

If a user watches the video that seems as adult to user, then he is taken to a Website, known as "Youtube.info". This site is registered in Amsterdam and asks the user to agree to "End User License Agreement" (EULA) in exchange for watching the video employing Windows Media Player.

If the innocent user accepts the terms, the adult video downloads secretly trying to upload Zango cash. The strike employs a kind of Windows DRM flaw that previously used to distribute trojans and other types of malware.

Zango's secret installations comes into light just a few days after the maker of advertising software and FTC proclaimed a $3 Million settlement as an answer to accusations that Zango had violated federal laws by deceivingly uploading its software on uses' PCs without a means of removing it.

The adware program 'Zango cash toolbar' uploaded in this particular case, previously known as '180Solutions', is of harmless variety. It just shows some pop-ups every day. The operators of Website responsible for toolbar uploading get finance from Zango according to the amount of installations.

The FTC found that the toolbar of Zango has been uploaded on more than 70 Million systems and has shown over 6.9 Billion pop-ups.

The deceptive domain "Youtube.info" is exploiting the trust consumers have in YouTube and MySpace to install undesired software onto their systems.

This case is only the recent in a growing number of incidents where hackers are trying to gain benefit using the bait of porn video content on Website like MySpace and YouTube to implant insidious forms of social-engineering.

Related article: Videos Deploy Malware in User’s PC via Skype Flaw

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