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Paris Hilton's Web Site Infecting Users

Paris Hilton’s website was infected with some pretty nasty malware over the past weekend. ScanSafe (who discovered the compromise) said that over 15,000 sites were detected to have this malware installed, including an ad on MLB.com.   So far, most AV products aren't stopping it, either. Visitors to  parishilton.com were prompted with a sham pop-up that they needed an 'upgrade' to continue browsing the site.  Both the 'Cancel' and 'OK' options caused the malware to be downloaded. According to ScanSafe, only a hard quit (CTRL-ALT-DELETE) would stop it from occurring (by closing it via the Task Manager? Not sure what that really means).  Basically, an I-frame was embedded in the site, which pointed to a .pdf on a malicious site (you69tube.com). Once the downloader was executed by clicking ‘OK’ or ‘Cancel’, a Trojan rootkit was installed on the user’s system.  A normal user would have had their banking credentials and personal information put at risk (software designed to capture banking information was the first malicious package installed). Enterprise users risked having their HTTP and network traffic redirected and intercepted. That's just as bad as it sounds. The working theory now is that the original vulnerability in the site was in the open CMS package Joomla...more than likely via our old friend, SQL Injection.   Seems the operators of the site haven’t weren’t keeping up to date with their patches. <br><br>
How can you protect yourself? For starters, businesses should block youtube69.com. Users should realize AV products are no guarantee against infection and should stick to trusted sources when upgrading anything. Be aware when visiting obvious targets (celebrity sites, etc.) of the potential risks.




| ‎01-16-2009 12:15 PM

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