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Online sharing videos, music can attract hackers

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Online sharing of videos and music at the heart of today's Internet lifestyle gives hackers dangerous new avenues for attacking computers, security specialists said Thursday.

Malicious code can be hidden in video streamed or downloaded from websites such as YouTube or songs streamed from social-networking websites including MySpace, iSEC researcher David Thiel demonstrated at a Black Hat gathering of computer protection professionals in Las Vegas.

Last year it was revealed hackers use RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds to distribute malicious code to thousands of people instantly.

Thiel believes music recording labels and movie studios will use flaws in media files to insert stealth coding that tracks or disables pirated songs, shows or movies.

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