Koobface on Yuotube

The Koobface gang and their inability to spell is a giveaway for the latest of their trick pages. If you end up at a page that states “This content requires Adobe Flash Player 10.37. Would you want to install it now?”, and the title of the page is “YuoTube”, your spidey sense should start to tingle.

The latest Koobface trick includes thousands of accounts at Google Reader (many continue to be up). Here is a shot of what today’s Reader pages look like hosting phony YouTube videos:


Of course, these Google Reader pages are not new, and are not particularly notable, as other groups have used the same scam in the past year to drive the same redirections to other sites that host the malware. Here is one that is up today, a giveaway is the Title of the page “YuoTube”, instead of “YouTube”:


At the same time, the older Koobface style of flash player update pages served by the same gang all over the web appear to be more attractive to users, and attract many more hits. They are up and fooling users as this post goes up, here is a representative page to look out for, which, if you read this blog, you’ve seen before:


The phony “setup.exe” codec installer (which is really the Koobface malware) and the scheme still tricks many users. Don’t get fooled.

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3 Responses to Koobface on Yuotube

  1. Kat says:

    how do you know if or when you do need to install a new version of your Adobe Flash player? My son is often on Youtube looking at his fav cartoon character and a few videos would not come up without installation. Can you please advise?

  2. Hi Kat- Thanks for reading the blog.

    This blog really isn’t the spot for Adobe support, but here are a few thoughts. Adobe provides the Flash Player client for web browsers. Normally, when you cannot view a flash object on another site, the web sites will tell you that you either have javascript disabled or an old version of Flash. If you see that prompt (or a video just isn’t working) and you haven’t disabled javascript, type http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ and hit enter. The Adobe site will identify the version of Flash running in your browser and list the latest versions available from Adobe. The latest versions of Adobe products also include a “download manager”, which may help you keep on top of Flash and Reader updates, if you use them both. If your version of Flash is current, the problem is most likely not your browser or its add-ons.

    You can post questions like this one on the PC Tools community forums, where you’ll get advice from members, employees, and volunteer gurus:


  3. jane says:

    you know what i get it. i think i just figured it out. but an going to continue to read on. a person must be prety smart to know all this stuff.

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