Hackers use Wikipedia to spread malware
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.
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