LinkedIn links leading to malware
January 9, 2009 by Marcos Christodonte II
LinkedIn is a professional networking website that has gained quite a bit of exposure in the past few years. With many IT professional losing their jobs and others looking for more security, it’s not a surprise that LinkedIn’s user base has increased to over 30 million. As in most cases, attackers like to target sites where they’ll get the most exposure, leading to the highest percentage of potential victims.
Trend Micro recently reported that one of their researchers found bogus LinkedIn profiles that contained links to malware. The profiles contained images of high-profile celebrities, with links that “supposedly” downloaded their nude pictures. These links lead to a series of redirections and eventually to malware. Trend Micro also reported that attackers are using previously registered accounts that are sold in the black market by the hundreds.