Adware through music/video playback

You think song and video files are safe to randomly download and play? Well, it's now time to rethink that since PCWorld has reported "A loophole in the Windows Media DRM process allows companies to create ersatz media files and link them to adware."

"Not only did we get bombarded with unwanted ads, but one of the ad windows in a video file tried to install adware onto our test PC surreptitiously, while another added items to our browser's Favorites list and attempted to change our home page. And a window from the original music file asked to download a file called lyrics.zip, which contained the installer for 180search Assistant, commonly categorized as an adware program."

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via: Scripting News


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