April 30, 2017

Wikipedia Page Hijacked By Worm Creators

The German version of Wikipedia became a target for malicious hackers who created an article about how to vaccinate against bogus new worm. The link to the supposed fix within the article was actually a link to malicious code.

The article centered on a new version of the Blaster worm, created just before hackers spammed German email inboxes alerting them to the new threat and where to find out more information about it.

The email carried a Wikipedia logo and mimicked the look and feel of documents associated with the site.

“The good news is that the authorities at Wikipedia quickly identitifed and edited the article on their site,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.

“Unfortunately, however, the previous version of the page was still present in the archive and was continuing to point to malicious code. The hackers were thus able to send out spam pointing people to the page on Wikipedia, and try and lead them into infection.”

“People should remember that if there really is a new threat on the internet, you’re likely to hear about it first from the security companies, not an online encyclopedia.”

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