On the internet there are many schemes being used by cybercriminals to trick unaware users to download malicous applications on their computers. In this article we are going to take a look at the ‘Download codec’ scam which is used on websites which often go viral because of a ‘shocking’ or ‘disturbing’ video.
Hackers and cybercriminals launch viral videos on social media networks which can only be watched on the malicious websites. Once the victim is on the malicious website the criminal will demand the user to share the website first. As the website is being shared the malicious website will try to lure the victim to install a ‘video codec’ which is loaded with malware.