Alicia Keys' MySpace page sings with malicious code

The MySpace pages for singer Alicia Keys and other musicians were hacked with a seemingly new type of hack, a security expert said Thursday.

The MySpace pages for singer Alicia Keys and other musicians were hacked with a seemingly new type of hack, a security expert said.

Keys' MySpace page and that of others, including a Scottish band and a French band, were flagged by users of Exploit Prevention Labs' LinkScanner software, which blocks pages containing malicious code. The discovery came after users began reporting that Keys' page was blocked, according to Roger Thompson, chief technology officer of LinkScanner.com.

"When we saw it was MySpace and Alicia Keys, we took a good look at it," he said in an interview.

When a visitor views the page, an exploit first attempts to install malware on the visitor's computer if it is not properly patched. Thompson said he was not sure yet which flaw the malware was looking to exploit. If that is not successful, the user is then asked to install a fake codec to view a video. Thompson explains the process in this video.

If both of those should fail, the user is also vulnerable if he or she clicks anywhere on the page that is not a legitimate link--including the ads. "If your mouse slips a bit from what you meant to click, you get the background [link]," which references a site based in China, co8vd.cn, and also attempts to install malicious code. Thompson said he had not seen that kind of "image-background link" before.

The domain is registered to Xiamen Hua Shang Sheng Shi Network, in the coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian province, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre's WHOIS listing. The company could not immediately be contacted for comment.

Because the attack affected several different pages, including one of a high-profile figure like Keys, Thompson believes this is a hack of MySpace, and not a case of attackers simply uncovering the user names and passwords for those pages.

MySpace said it had already taken care of the problem.

"Individuals who try to phish our members are violating the law and are not welcome on MySpace. We have blocked and removed the source of this phishing attempt and restored the profile," a MySpace spokesperson said by e-mail. Thompson confirmed that the Keys page was now clean, but added, "We'll see what happens over the next few days."

The hackers success with Keys' page, which Thompson described as "lucky," couldn't come at a better time for them--or worse for the musician. Keys, a Grammy Award-winning singer with several platinum albums, will put out her latest release, "As I Am," on November 13.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Steven Schwankert

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?