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  Posted on Friday, May 15, 2009



COULD VIRUSES BE LURKING IN ONLINE VIDEOS?

As Anti-Spam features advance, hackers are looking for new ways of infecting pc's with their viruses. According to a report by Georgia Tech Information Security Center, some viruses may be embedded in online video players.

Since more end users have become better at blocking emails and learning to not trust emails from banks, hackers have become more creative in distributing viruses. Hackers are finding sneakier ways of malware distribution, which can install viruses onto pc's to locate confidential information or hijack the person's computer without their knowledge.

Currently there have only been a few cases of video hacking. Some hackers have tried to post fake video links on YouTube while others silently install spyware when a video opens.

In any case, it is always best to be reminded of the steps to keep your computer safe:

1) Install an Anti-Virus program on your computer and keep it updated
2) Install Microsoft Windows and Office updates on a regular basis
3) Do not open email attachments or visit websites listed in emails from sources you do not know or trust
4) Install a hardware or software firewall




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