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Online videos: The emerging security threat

Security specialists proclaim that the rise of online video also increases the chances of videos acting as vectors for embedded viruses and malware.

Security specialists proclaim that the rise of online video also increases the chances of videos acting as vectors for embedded viruses and malware.

These concerns were addressed in a report from Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) at TechJournalSouth. The inaugural edition of the annual forecasting report, the Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2008, also point to increased threats to mobile phone-based services, RFID devices, and the rise of messaging attacks, botnets, and Web 2.0-based attacks.

A quote from the article at Associated Press:

With computer users getting wiser to e-mail scams, malicious hackers are looking for sneakier ways to spread the codes. Over the past few years, hackers have moved from sending their spam in text-based messages to more devious means, embedding them in images or disguised as Portable Document Format, or PDF, files.

"The next logical step seems to be the media players," said Chris Rouland, the chief technology officer for IBM Corp.'s Internet Security Systems unit.

A PDF version of the report is available here.

Users are more likely to click on video links than text links, which makes online video a potent vector for the next generation of viral attacks. Are security firms taking notice?

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