Hackers have seized on the enormous popularity of the Disney movie High School Musical 3 to spread Trojan horses, adware, and other malicious code, reports CNET–a development that could give educators a timely reason to teach students of the dangers of internet scams, and using peer-to-peer networks to share files in particular. Teens interested in downloading High School Musical-related music and video on peer-to-peer networks should be wary of malware, warns Panda Security. While this might be obvious to older computer uses, younger users might not yet have experience with the social engineering used by malware writers, the security vendor said Nov. 21 in a press release. Social engineering is not new, of course, and its creators are constantly trying new ways to hook people in. The day after the U.S. presidential election, for example, there was a wave of Barack Obama-related video links that attempted to download malware as well. If a person opens a High School Musical-themed video or song on any peer-to-peer network such as eMule or eDonkey, his or her computer could be infected with malicious code. Panda recommends being cautious when downloading files. In particular, notice the file extension: Many of the malicious files have the extension ".exe," but that is rarely the case with a legitimate music or video file…

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