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    Safe Videos?

    I am under the impression that watching videos online is a sure way to get hacked.

    Is this true?

    Would hate to jeopardize my new MacBook Pro by watching videos on Vimeo and YouTube. (Ironically I want to watch some videos on *security*...)

    Thoughts?

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    I think it very unlikely that this is a problem. Videos are heavily processed upon upload to those services anyway, so I doubt they can contain anything nasty.

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    No, the videos themselves will not infect your computer.

    However, if the website itself has malicious code or malicious ads being displayed, you could possibly be infected by that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Flow View Post
    No, the videos themselves will not infect your computer.

    However, if the website itself has malicious code or malicious ads being displayed, you could possibly be infected by that.
    I thought one of the leading sources of malware was when people download Porn Photos and Porn Videos?

    And I was certain that there can be a nefarious "payload" in videos, just like there can be in Flash files...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDee View Post
    I thought one of the leading sources of malware was when people download Porn Photos and Porn Videos?
    stop downloading these files and you should be ok

    No seriously, you can embed malicious code to a video, but it will most likely only work if you play the video in the media player it is crafted to exploit.

    What you can do is disguise a virus as a mediafile etc and make people download it and run it - this has been a popular thing to do for a long long time.

    The videos from vimeo and youtube are processed after you upload it, so there is no problems with these videos if you watch them on youtube or vimeo - if you watch them on other webpages there can of course be a problem, as the webpage can have various malicious scripts running - this is also a popular way to infect people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazybanana View Post
    stop downloading these files and you should be ok
    I have a life-sized pin-up poster of our very own "Ralph" on my bedroom wall, so who needs porn?!


    Quote Originally Posted by Crazybanana View Post
    No seriously, you can embed malicious code to a video, but it will most likely only work if you play the video in the media player it is crafted to exploit.
    Okay.


    Quote Originally Posted by Crazybanana View Post
    What you can do is disguise a virus as a mediafile etc and make people download it and run it - this has been a popular thing to do for a long long time.
    Do you mean that someone would trick me into thinking a file was an .mpeg when it was instead a .exe??


    Quote Originally Posted by Crazybanana View Post
    The videos from vimeo and youtube are processed after you upload it, so there is no problems with these videos if you watch them on youtube or vimeo
    I didn't know that.

    (Of course, that is not to say that the hackers couldn't find a way around that...)


    Quote Originally Posted by Crazybanana View Post
    if you watch them on other webpages there can of course be a problem, as the webpage can have various malicious scripts running - this is also a popular way to infect people.
    I don't watch much video, however I am increasingly interested in videos about Security and China.

    Sources would likely be things like the Washington Post, NY Times, CNET, Ars Technica, YouTube or Vimeo.

    Sincerely,


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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDee View Post
    I thought one of the leading sources of malware was when people download Porn Photos and Porn Videos?
    Well, I've never had the least interest in either of those things, so I can't speak from experience, but I think that's the same issue Force Flow was mentioning. The sites from which such stuff may be downloaded are not necessarily as scrupulous as YouTube and Vimeo when it comes to protecting their visitors. It's likely to be the site, rather than the content type, which is the problem.

    I think you're confusing two issues here. Watching security videos is not the same thing as downloading porn videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoBear View Post
    Well, I've never had the least interest in either of those things, so I can't speak from experience,
    Nor have I ever implied that I do...


    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoBear View Post
    I think you're confusing two issues here. Watching security videos is not the same thing as downloading porn videos.
    Yes, but...

    1.) I believe a lot of the Streaming Videos you'd find on a website like YouTube are actually Flash Videos. And Flash has long been a target for attackers.

    2.) If there is a way to insert malware in a Porn Video, then what is to stop someone from installing malware in a video of a Squirrel Waterskiing?! (Or even a mundane video on "Writing Secure PHP Apps"?!)

    Sincerely,


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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDee View Post
    1.) I believe a lot of the Streaming Videos you'd find on a website like YouTube are actually Flash Videos. And Flash has long been a target for attackers.
    Nope. The videos are actual video files these days. It's the players that are made with flash or HTML5.

    If there is a way to insert malware in a Porn Video, then what is to stop someone from installing malware in a video of a Squirrel Waterskiing?! (Or even a mundane video on "Writing Secure PHP Apps"?!)
    That's the risk you take when connecting to the Internet. Anything that you download can potentially contain malicious software or cause harm.

    All you can do is practice safe email and browsing habits, keep software up-to-date, have a firewall up, have anti-malware measures in place, and have AV software running and up-to-date, and be careful about what you install (and when you do install something, always do a custom install and prevent bundled software/toolbars from installing).
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