With the Boston Marathon bombing, and the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, there’s been an upswing in spam with eye-catching headlines like:
Video of Explosion at the Boston Marathon
Boston Explosion caught on Video
Texas Explosion Injures Dozens
Fertilizer plant explosion near Waco, Texas
What they all have in common is the e-mail contains just a single web page address, such as:
If you were to click on the link, you would be taken to a web page with a bunch of YouTube videos of the subject in question:
So, what’s the problem? It’s “just” a bunch of YouTube videos, right?
What you don’t see in the above screenshot is that, after all of the videos, is yet another embedded “frame”. However, instead of being a YouTube video, it’s a Trojan, attempting to infect your computer. If your anti-virus program is up-to-date (and if it’s not — please fix that before you even finish reading this post), you should get a notice, such as the following:
If you’re really interested in videos related to some news event, just visit YouTube yourself, and search for them. Or, see if your local newspaper or TV station has links on their website. Don’t click through some unknown e-mail link.