Hackers Exploit Bhutto Assassination

Within hours of yesterday's assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, malware makers exploited the breaking news to dupe users into downloading attack code, security researchers said Friday. Searches for news about Bhutto's killing and the ensuing chaos in Pakistan listed sites pimping a bogus video coder/decoder (codec), said analysts at McAfee Inc., Symantec Corp. and WebSense Inc. For instance, WebSense found such a site simply by using "benazir" to search on Google. Meanwhile, McAfee quickly located 10 sites hosted on Blogger.com, Google Inc.'s blog service, that were spreading the fake codec.

The sites use the well-worn tactic of promising a video -- in this case one of Bhutto's assassination -- but telling Windows users that they need to install a new high-definition video codec, the program that decodes the digital data stream, to view the clip. Naturally, the so-called codec is no such thing, but is instead rigged code that downloads a variant of the Zlob Trojan horse, a back door that can infect the compromised PC with a wide range of other malware. "Even death isn't sacred to some," said Symantec researcher Vikram Thakur in a post to the company's security response blog.

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Let her soul rest in peace for God sake, whatever she did (corruption etc) its not the point the point is she was the most greatest living leader in Pakistan!

i appose her but but please let her be its have been enough for us.

It's bad enough that people want to view this kind of thing, but there's something wrong when they want to view it in high definition...

well... they did shoot her in the face and explode themselves, so... Yeah, there's plenty of sick people out there. Actually they're signing up more every day.

CFer said,
well... they did shoot her in the face and explode themselves, so... Yeah, there's plenty of sick people out there. Actually they're signing up more every day.

If you have read the updates you would know that she didn't get shot and no shapnal went into her body, they believe its caused by a bump when she hit her head on the sunroof.

peachey said,

If you have read the updates you would know that she didn't get shot and no shapnal went into her body, they believe its caused by a bump when she hit her head on the sunroof.

FTW, If you had read further reports, the cause of death is disputed

ghostwind said,

FTW, If you had read further reports, the cause of death is disputed

I already got that emailed to me on Friday, but either way, she was killed by extremists who opposed her. I doubt the corruption allegations against her, does anyone know if there is any truth to those?

CFer said,

I already got that emailed to me on Friday, but either way, she was killed by extremists who opposed her. I doubt the corruption allegations against her, does anyone know if there is any truth to those?


Considering the corruption allegations came from corrupt people that didn't want her to be prime minister, I don't take much stock in that.