11/6/2006

Wikipedia Hijacked to Spread Malware

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 7:43 am

Computer users are being warned against opening unsolicited mails after hackers took advantage of the popular Wikipedia encyclopedia in their attempt to spread malicious code.

Wikipedia allows anyone to create and modify articles, a policy of openness which has often been abused by mischief-makers in the past. Taking advantage of this fact, an article on the German edition of Wikipedia, de.wikipedia.org, was created by hackers claiming to include a link to a fix for a supposedly new version of the Blaster worm. However, the ‘fix’ was actually a piece of malicious code, designed to infect visitors’ PCs.

Hackers then spammed out an email to German computer users, claiming to come from Wikipedia, and directing them to information about the ‘new worm’.

“The good news is that the authorities at Wikipedia quickly identitifed and edited the article on their site,”

Source: Tech2.com

 

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