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 Jan 12, 2005 - 09:28 AM - by Michael
* Hackers using MS DRM to plant spyware

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It was only a matter of time - hackers seeding viruses over peer to peer networks have figured out ways to get MS's DRM scheme to do their dirty work for them.

The trojans took advantage of a new anti-piracy features in Windows Media Player 10 and Windows XP SP2 to trick users, said Panda.

When a user tried to play a protected Windows media file, the anti-piracy technology demanded a valid licence. If that licence was not stored locally, the player looks for it on the internet so the user can download or purchase it.
However, these trojans only "pretend to download the corresponding licence from certain web pages," said Panda in its online alert.

"What they actually do is redirect the user to other internet addresses from which they download a large number of adware, spyware, dialers, and other viruses."

 

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