Pro Tibetan Cartoon Attacks Windows PCs

Internet users downloading pro-Tibet content are being targeted by cyber-criminals for the second time in a fortnight.

A cartoon that ridicules the efforts of a Chinese gymnast at the Olympic games is the latest ploy used by cyber-criminals to infect Windows PCs, according to McAfee Avert labs.

While the movie files, which show the cartoon followed by images supporting a free Tibet, are playing, a keystroke logging tool, hidden by a rootkit, is installed onto the user’s PC.

McAfee Researcher, Patrick Comiotto, said: “This is a pro-Tibet Rootkit. What looks like a simple Flash movie actually silently drops a number of files onto your PC and then hides those files.”

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