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Ten-year-old leak used to spread malware

Ten-year-old leak used to spread malware

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A ten-year-old vulnerability in Windows Media Player is again used by hackers to spread malware.

The cybercriminals make use of the zogoenoemde DRM functionality in movie format, that is normally used to prevent piracy, reports security firm Cyren.

In a normal situation would be Windows Media Player DRM pop up window will show when there is an illegally downloaded film is detected. The user can then click on the ‘ok’ button to open a website where the movie can be legally purchased. In this case, it does link to a site with malware.

This DRM-lek was already ten years ago for the first time reported, and has since been several times popped up. In the last form is the malware hidden in a pirated version of the film War Dogs.

 

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