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Old 10. Dec 2009, 04:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Beware of hidden malware in screensavers

I'm so glad I never bothered downloading any screensavers, the only screensaver I have ever used is a blank screen.

Malware has been found hidden inside an innocuous 'waterfall' screensaver .deb file made available on popular artwork sharing site
The .deb file installs a script with elevated privileges designed to perform a DDoS attack as well as keep itself updated via downloads.

The dodgy screensaver in question has since been removed from gnome-look and this incident was a very basic, if potentially successful, attempt.

If anything this incident highlights the need to be careful what you download and where you download it from.
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