Magazine article Risk Management

Hackers Hijack MySpace Music Page

Magazine article Risk Management

Hackers Hijack MySpace Music Page

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The social networking megasite MySpace has come under fire of late for attacks coming from hackers who have managed to take over popular pages. One notable case occurred on November 8 when the page of Grammy-winning and multi-platinum singer Alicia Keys--the fourth most frequently visited--was infected with malicious code.

When visitors clicked almost anywhere within her page, the hacks, which were discovered by Exploit Prevention Labs of Atlanta, redirected users to a Chinese malware site that informed them they had to install a codec to view a music video. "They are going to catch a lot of people with this one," said Roger Thompson of Exploit Prevention Labs, which discovered the hacks, in the New York Times. "This is a very rich media page, as are most MySpace pages. There is every expectation you are going to see a video ... It's not at all unreasonable to think you might have to install something."

To MySpace's credit, it quickly eradicated the cause of the problem and has claimed that the actual source more than likely came from illegal phishing messages sent to users' profiles. …

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