Sunday, January 02, 2005

... and the latest adware scam ...

Looks like the RIAA et al weren't lying when they said "pirated" music was dangerous -- a new scam is exploiting a flaw in Microsoft's DRM controls on Windows Media files to open popup ads and connect to sites that install adware onto your machine. Nice.

Gotta love how the owner of the company doing this defends the practice, too:
"Remember, the people who receive something like (the ad-laden media files), in some cases, were on P-to-P, and they were trying to get illicit files," he says.
Ah, that's okay then. (Bold added by yrs truely).

Of course, all this is made possible by Microsoft's flawed DRM implementation and flawed IE implementation. Yet another reason to avoid both then, really.... Thanks, Microsoft!

2 comments:

mmChronic said...

The scariest part is at the end when they talk about how it would be a perfect way of launching viruses and trojans. Just redirect to an infected web page that exploits one of IE's many holes and you've got one.

Merg said...

Indeed -- they're already doing that to an extent with the adware... it's just a degree of maliciousness that changes....