Trend Micro: Koobface Abuses Google Reader

Dec 18 09:07 2009 Angeline Mabute Print This Article

Trend Micro’s threat research revealed that Koobface botnet is abusing Google Reader by spamming URLS which redirects Internet users to infected websites through Youtube.


Trend Micro’s threat research revealed that Koobface botnet is abusing Google Reader by spamming URLS redirecting Internet users to infected websites through Youtube.

Google Reader is a Google-owned free service allowing users to monitor and share websites for new content. Koobface has been spamming URLs on social networking sites like Facebook,Guest Posting Myspace and Twitter. Koobface is spamming Google Reader now. A Google account is made and controlled by Koobface gang, hosting a page with a fake YouTube video. As the victim clicks the fake video, it will redirect to a compromised website, which also hosts another fake YouTube video. The user will be infected and becomes part of the Koobface botnet. Attackers use Google Reader's to share links and messages between users to host an image resembling a Flash video. When the user tries to view the video, it will redirect to a fake YouTube page containing a video. As in previous attacks, the user was soon prompted with an alert that invited them to upgrade their Flash player. Hidden was the fact that instead of the updated software, the user was downloading the Koobface downloader component that would that take over the victim's computer.

Trend Micro, the IT security vendor, has reported Koobface to Google for spamming more than 1300 known and unique fake Google Reader accounts. Nowadays, cybercriminals take advantage of Google because of its credibility that they hide malicious links behind Google Reader.

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