Irony: See Wikipedia
[tags]malicious code, wikipedia, trojan horse,spyware[/tags]
Frankly, I am surprised it has taken this long for something like this to happen: Malicious code planted in Wikipedia.
The malicious advertisement on MySpace from a while back was a little similar. Heck, there were trojan archives posted on the Usenet binary groups over 20 years ago that also bring this back to mind—I recall an instance of a file damage program being posted as an anti-virus update in the early 1980s!
Basically, anyone seeking “victims” for spyware, trojans, or other nastiness wants effective propagation of code. So, find a high-volume venue that has a trusting and or naive user population, and find a way to embed code there such that others will download it or execute it. Voila!
Next up: viruses on YouTube?
[posted with ecto]