Your next malware attack may be smuggled inside video


The lure of video might be the perfect social engineering trick for malware attacks. Recent trends in person-to-person communications and social media have conditioned the public to compulsively open many videos every day.

In other words, video has emerged as the digital “drug” of choice when it comes to escapism, boredom relief and information delivery. As a bonus for cybercriminals, users may believe video files to be harmless, meaning even security-savvy users who would otherwise avoid clicking on suspicious links are likely to open and play videos.

Here's what you need to know about the coming crime wave of video malware.