David SanchoThe Computerworld article FBI warns of Valentine’s Day “Storm” said
The Valentine’s Day campaign that the bot-building Storm Trojan horse has been running for weeks is running at such volume that even the FBI issued a warning yesterday.
“With the holiday approaching, be on the lookout for spam e-mails spreading the Storm Worm malicious software,” the FBI said in an alert posted to the home page of its Web site yesterday. “The Storm Worm virus has capitalized on various holidays in the last year by sending millions of e-mails advertising an e-card link within the text of the spam e-mail. Valentine’s Day has been identified as the next target.”
Actually, the FBI was way behind the ball. For several weeks, security vendors have been predicting that Storm would again use tomorrow’s big day to dupe users into opening attachments or clicking links.
Trend Micro senior antivirus researcher David Sancho spelled it out in a post to the company’s blog on Monday. “The spammed e-mail messages are just plain text, but contain links that lead to malicious Web sites displaying one of eight cute Valentine images,” he said. Sancho’s post cycled through the images that Trend Micro captured from the malware-serving sites.
“If you run the executable named valentine.exe, your system will join the Storm botnet to start spamming other Internet users,” Sancho concluded. “Not very loving of them.”
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David authored The Future of Bot Worms, Rootkits: The new wave of invisible malware is here, Postcards or patches?, Storm Sure Loves Everybody, Unexpected postcards? Beware!!, Fast Flux for Rent, Spam, Spam, Spam and a Big Can of Stration, Changing Browsers In Mid-Stream, Malware as a Service (MaaS) aka RBN, Spam Lures: from Special Deals to Current Affairs, Cyber Gangs Surpass Drug Lords, From Sausage Spoof to Malware, Downloading Video this Season? Beware of Fake Codecs, and Will they target me?
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