Reversal of fortune: Attempts to disguise file names

By | September 25, 2012

Source: Microsoft Malware Protection Center

by Raymond Roberts

In this article “Social engineering tactics are vast and varied, and we see all sorts of methods being used on a daily basis by malware authors, in their attempts to compromise your machine. One such method that we see often is malware being distributed as an alluring or enticing link or file, and we know that some users (that are perhaps not as cautious as they should be) might click on such links, open such file, or accept file transfers from unknown sources…

As has been noted previously, the use of Unicode characters such as the Right to Left Override (U+202E) to alter the appearance of a file name, in an attempt to trick the user into clicking on that file, is not new. But that doesn’t mean that this method is not used much; actually, we see this happening regularly.”

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