Hackers use Wikipedia to spread malware

by admin November 4, 2006 at 10:09 am

Beware geeks bearing gifts

Hackers are using online encyclopaedia Wikipedia to spread malware, according to a security firm.

Sophos discovered that hackers had created an article on the German edition of Wikipedia containing false information about a new version of the Blaster worm, along with a link to a fix.

However, the fix is actually a piece of malicious code designed to infect visitors’ PCs.

Wikipedia is built from user contributions, allowing anyone to create or edit the content of a page.

The hackers sent spam messages to German computer users, which purported to come from Wikipedia, and directed recipients to the fraudulent information.

As the emails linked to a legitimate website, they were able to bypass some anti-spam solutions.

Full story: vnunet.com