Monday, October 22, 2012

How Hackers Can Disguise Malicious Programs With Fake File Extensions


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via How-To Geek by Chris Hoffman on 10/22/12


File extensions can be faked – that file with an .mp3 extension may actually be an executable program. Hackers can fake file extensions by abusing a special Unicode character, forcing text to be displayed in reverse order.

Windows also hides file extensions by default, which is another way novice users can be deceived – a file with a name like picture.jpg.exe will appear as a harmless JPEG image file.

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