Window spyware is getting installed via the “download DRM licence” feature of Windows Media Player files distributed over P2P networks (from Slashdot).
“On a fresh test computer, I pressed Yes once to allow the installation. My computer quickly became contaminated with the most spyware programs I have ever received in a single sitting.
All told, the infection added 58 folders, 786 files and an incredible 11,915 registry entries to my test computer.”
I don’t have much sympathy for people who break the law and end up having their computer trashed as a result. But that’s a mindblowing amount of spyware. Why on earth does a DRM system involve the execution of remotely-downloaded code?
It’s cool, man…
It’s doesn’t. According to the article it’s because the users are redirected to a site which has spyware etc.
So it’s not a hole in Windows Media Player or DRM, but in Internet Explorer. Nothing new really.
Gerv, could you remove my e-mail address from the post? (the link from my name) I really don’t need spam on my work address.
Once again, someone tried to follow the rules and will be punished for it…
Ethan: Oops, I deleted the entire post :-(
Here’s what he said: