Feeds

YouTube fake tool dumbs down malware distribution

Nothing on the internet is real, man

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Miscreants have created a tool that dumbs down the process of using fake YouTube websites to spread malware.

The YFakeCreator tool allows budding VXers to set up a fake site and configure options such as the properties of a supposed video. Typically users are required to download a fake codec to view content, which is not actually on offer. The codec contains the malware payload which can be anything from adware to a Trojan.

The tool also includes the ability to set-up a fake error message in a bid to disguise any attack.

Would-be virus writers would still need to mount a spam campaign in order to dupe prospective marks into visiting sites created by YFakeCreator, but the tool does reduce the overall work needed to mount an attack.

The tool was spotted by net security firm Panda Security which has published a full write-up, including screenshots of the tool, here. Panda discovered the tool on underground hacking forums.

YFakeCreator is far from an isolated example of tools that remove the need to understand coding from the task of malware distribution. For example, Panda found a tool that can turn any executable file into a worm on underground forums back in June. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm
Cisco Netflow a handy tool for cheapskate attackers
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.