Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Blogger virus attack - a storm is brewing.

Just a quick post to alert you to something I just discovered. I think this deserves to be No 35 in my list of why I am moving away from Blogger:

Google's Blogger site is being used by malicious hackers who are posting fake entries to some blogs. The posts attempt to lure readers to what is purported to be a legitimate link or a YouTube video but instead leads to booby-trapped downloads that could infect a Windows PC. The virus, named the Storm Worm or Virus is also hitting inboxes worldwide. I have had quite a few of these nasty emails myself.

A Google spokesperson said: "The blog posts are likely from users' whose machines have been compromised by a virus.... Among the other recipients of spam e-mails generated by the virus are users' mail2blogger accounts, which allow them to update their blogs via e-mail,"

Please go and read more on the BBC News site, where I originally read about this. A text box on the right hand side of the article gives some examples of the kind of text being used in the posts and emails:

I did not want to add the text myself as I do not want to appear in a Google Search as being one of the blogs that contains this vile content! People may think I am infected but don't worry I use good methods of protection.


tag alexa

7 comments:

Petercrys said...

Hi dear friend' how are you today. its really nice blog. well your fuelmyblog.com link is not working. anyways see ya soon...

Kim said...

thanks for this Sue...
I will check it out .....

captain lifecruiser said...

How dreamy it would be if we could get a stop of all the spamming and virus business... *sigh*

One can't even imagine all the extra work load all this adds to the internet sphere!!! Phew!

I really wish we could go back to the viking age some times.... *giggles*

Now we can:
Secret Island Viking Town Birka

Colin said...

Hi Sue,

Yes this is another of the nasties which is plaguing Blogger. Sadly some of it is also created unintentionally by those who email their posts to their blog from an infected pc. There are many of the Greeting Card emails and many twists and variations to these, the latest being 'Check Waiting' or similar which many people are opening and then being daft enough to click on the enclosed link!!
I use Blogger as well as a few others, but my mainstay is Wordpress, the only real drawback is the inability to use javascript unless you self host. In fairness to Wordpress, javascript is frequently the means used by hackers, so it's easy to see why they won't allow it's use.

Excellent post :)

Sueblimely said...

Thanks for letting me know petercrys. I will check it out.

I just read that 60% of the pings technorati gets come from spam blogs.

I have had masses of Greetings Cards email spam lately, Colin. I should imagine a lot of people have been caught out by that one. The email spam I hate the most though are those which manage to get images to show up when my settings are set not to - they are not something I would want a child to see.

I am heading over to read about the vikings cap'n - bye folks

Sandy Carlson said...

Thanks for the tip. I guess we need to stay away from embededded video for a while. My own experience has show that the Big Guy (Blogger/YouTube/Google) gets to the bottom of this stuff. I gues it's the ultimate power game, to find vulnerable spots in all of this. Sick.

Franco Yong said...

Hi Sue...I've also add this tip to share in my blog. Thanks for the tip.

Regards,

Franco

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Blogger virus attack - a storm is brewing.

Just a quick post to alert you to something I just discovered. I think this deserves to be No 35 in my list of why I am moving away from Blogger:

Google's Blogger site is being used by malicious hackers who are posting fake entries to some blogs. The posts attempt to lure readers to what is purported to be a legitimate link or a YouTube video but instead leads to booby-trapped downloads that could infect a Windows PC. The virus, named the Storm Worm or Virus is also hitting inboxes worldwide. I have had quite a few of these nasty emails myself.

A Google spokesperson said: "The blog posts are likely from users' whose machines have been compromised by a virus.... Among the other recipients of spam e-mails generated by the virus are users' mail2blogger accounts, which allow them to update their blogs via e-mail,"

Please go and read more on the BBC News site, where I originally read about this. A text box on the right hand side of the article gives some examples of the kind of text being used in the posts and emails:

I did not want to add the text myself as I do not want to appear in a Google Search as being one of the blogs that contains this vile content! People may think I am infected but don't worry I use good methods of protection.


tag alexa

7 comments:

Petercrys said...

Hi dear friend' how are you today. its really nice blog. well your fuelmyblog.com link is not working. anyways see ya soon...

Kim said...

thanks for this Sue...
I will check it out .....

captain lifecruiser said...

How dreamy it would be if we could get a stop of all the spamming and virus business... *sigh*

One can't even imagine all the extra work load all this adds to the internet sphere!!! Phew!

I really wish we could go back to the viking age some times.... *giggles*

Now we can:
Secret Island Viking Town Birka

Colin said...

Hi Sue,

Yes this is another of the nasties which is plaguing Blogger. Sadly some of it is also created unintentionally by those who email their posts to their blog from an infected pc. There are many of the Greeting Card emails and many twists and variations to these, the latest being 'Check Waiting' or similar which many people are opening and then being daft enough to click on the enclosed link!!
I use Blogger as well as a few others, but my mainstay is Wordpress, the only real drawback is the inability to use javascript unless you self host. In fairness to Wordpress, javascript is frequently the means used by hackers, so it's easy to see why they won't allow it's use.

Excellent post :)

Sueblimely said...

Thanks for letting me know petercrys. I will check it out.

I just read that 60% of the pings technorati gets come from spam blogs.

I have had masses of Greetings Cards email spam lately, Colin. I should imagine a lot of people have been caught out by that one. The email spam I hate the most though are those which manage to get images to show up when my settings are set not to - they are not something I would want a child to see.

I am heading over to read about the vikings cap'n - bye folks

Sandy Carlson said...

Thanks for the tip. I guess we need to stay away from embededded video for a while. My own experience has show that the Big Guy (Blogger/YouTube/Google) gets to the bottom of this stuff. I gues it's the ultimate power game, to find vulnerable spots in all of this. Sick.

Franco Yong said...

Hi Sue...I've also add this tip to share in my blog. Thanks for the tip.

Regards,

Franco