Another Google Earth video - this time starring Britney Spears

Filed Under: Malware, SophosLabs, Spam, Video, Vulnerability

We had a great response to the blog entry we posted yesterday, describing how we have used Google Earth to track malware and spam campaigns around the world.

Some of you have asked for a better look at the malware campaign trail we followed - so we have produced another video:

View the "Sophos, Spam, Trojans and Britney Spears" video on YouTube.

The example we are using on this occasion is a malware attack that took place in April 2007, where emails were spammed out containing a saucy photograph of troubled pop princess Britney Spears. The spams were sent, as usual by compromised PCs working as a botnet around the world, inviting users to click on the image if they wanted to see more of Britney.

Clicking on the picture, however, took computers to a hacked website which exploited Microsoft's Animated Cursor exploit, and then downloaded a series of other malware before finally installing a banking Trojan horse that sent passwords and usernames to a hacker in Brazil.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley