Bits from Bill Pytlovany: Can You Spot the Malware?


By Bill Pytlovany

I recently wrote about how social engineering and human nature is used to trick us into downloading files which infiltrate our computers. When I signed on to Facebook today the first thing I noticed was an obviously malware post. I’d like to think all of you would know immediately not to click the this link. I deleted the post so others wouldn’t click on it and phoned our young friend who posted it. Not surprisingly she had no idea how it was posted and as I suggested she signed on to change her Facebook password.

Would you have detected this as an obvious scam?


Even I know that Justin Bieber is too young for Miley Cyrus.

As a researcher I clicked on this link to see where it went. So in case you’re curious, here is what happens.

This post is excerpted with Bill’s permission from his blog

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4 thoughts on “Bits from Bill Pytlovany: Can You Spot the Malware?”

  1. Thursday, June 24, 2010 – Unfortunately, there are people out there that do click on these items. A friend of mine is constantly opening emails from people or companies he doesn’t know + he clicks on links in these emails because he says he can’t remember if he met that person some where or was into that business a while back & left his business card there!!! It’s no wonder he’s always taking his PC into the repair shop every 3 or 4 months to get it fixed. I just can’t get it through his Very THICK Skull, that these are traps & will compromise his Identity PDQ! I’ve even offered to pay for a plus membership with WinPatrol but he refused because he can’t be bothered to learn how the program will work. He never reads up on any programs for help & is constantly calling me for verbal help. BUT, he is my best friend…

  2. Stuff like that is very obvious on Facebook because like Ben said, you’d know whether your friends would post stuff like that.

    On sites like YouTube it can get a little trickier because you’re oftentimes talking to people you don’t know (via video comments). It’s still pretty obvious when someone’s advertising…the way they word it and their incorrect grammar usually give it away…but I’d understand if someone clicked the link on YouTube.

  3. #1 if you open mail from anonymous senders(ie:people you don’t know)I’ll just about guarantee you’ll open a virus or trojan or worse on your pc…THINK before you open.Do I know this sender,or company or even website???(that last one is a stretch!)
    #2 Facebook is a prime breeding ground for all the evils of the internet simply because of it’s popularity…BE CAUTIOUS…just cause’ you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you!

  4. I would’ve spotted it immediately as no one I know would post that on my Facebook. Even if it was from a friends account, I would know. Also a lot of malware is posted the same way, so I would be very suspicious.

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