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YouTube: Unbanned and Hacked

Monday, September 3, 2007

Last Friday, the Thai government said that it has lifted the 4-month ban on YouTube. This is in response to the video-sharing web site's operator agreeing to not allow videos that violate the country's laws or are offensive to the Thai population. If we can recall, the government blocked access to YouTube on April 4 after Google (YouTube owner) turned down Thailand's request to remove clips that were offensive to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the country's revered monarch.

What video clip are we talking about? Well, let's just say shoes were pointing towards the king's image with the Thailand national anthem playing on the background.

The Thai must be missing a lot without YouTube on their daily to-surf-list. That's what they get for not respecting royalty! Shame, shame.

For more details, click here.

On the other hand, the video-sharing giant was recently used by a group of hackers -- called Storm Botnet -- to propagate the latest worm to make zombies out of your PC's and do the bidding of their botmasters.
The hackers sent barrages of e-mails out over the weekend, inviting people to watch a scandalous video of themselves on YouTube.

The e-mail then offers up what appears to be a link to the clip. The link, of course, does not go to YouTube. It sends the victims to servers that download malicious apps.

Full story Here.

The lesson? Don't just open any email with a suspicious sender or subject. That's the first tip in preventing malwares entering your system. Also don't fall prey to the glory that YouTube videos are offering. I know, they can be very tempting, but for all you know, a lot of people are just abusing YouTube's popularity.

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