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"A video codec could bring malware to your end users"
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Written by Daniel   
Monday, 04 September 2006 10:24
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Rootkit Changes Search Results


SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 | A new program that masquerades as a video codec could bring malware to your end users' devices, Panda Software warned earlier this week.

Zcodec, a new malicious program that incorporates a rootkit, can alter Internet search results, install adware, and fool users into installing Trojans, the security company reported on Wednesday.

The new exploit pretends to be one of the many free video codecs found on the Web, which enable end users to view digital video and audio in a faster, compressed format. But when they click on the software and pull up the license agreement, users find that the software has already been installed on their computers.

The first installation includes a rootkit as well as two executable files, according to Panda. The first modifies the DNS settings so when a user clicks on results from search engines, a different page is displayed. This tactic can be exploited to let perpetrators profit from pay-per-click systems, or to redirect users to pages designed to steal confidential data...

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