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"Storm" worm spoils Labor Day for some
« on: September 07, 2007, 10:25:07 PM »
By Cara Garretson, Network World, 09/05/07

The "Storm" worm takes no holidays; over this past long weekend this busy piece of malware emerged as part of a spam campaign that pointed recipients to a Web site wishing them a happy Labor Day, then downloaded an “exploit cocktail.”

According to McAfee Avert Labs researcher Vinoo Thomas, who posted an item to the security vendor’s blog on Tuesday, this spam is an HTML-formatted e-mail that invites recipients to view an e-greeting card. However the link to the Web site is disguised to look like it’s pointing to a Hallmark site; the spammer used anchor tags in HTML to mask the link that actually points to a malware-laden site, he says.

Once the recipients click on the link, they are sent to a site with a Labor Day cartoon greeting and “everything looks hunky dory except an unsuspecting user is served an …exploit cocktail in the background,” Thomas says. The exploit cocktail is composed of Microsoft, QuickTime, and WinZip exploits.

The Storm worm has been part of a number of recent spam campaigns, including one that used the popular Web site YouTube as bait, and another that posed as an account-confirmation e-mail.

“W32/Nuwar, aka the Storm worm, since its debut in November 2006 has relentlessly flooded Internet users with its ever-changing e-mail campaigns,” Thomas writes in the blog. “…The Storm worm authors have this uncanny knack of using sensationalist themes that draw public attention.”


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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2007, 10:28:06 PM »
Many Internet users are not security conscious. They would just click a link without thinking of repercussions.
Romans 10:9
"That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved."

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2007, 10:37:44 PM »
unya ang IT-Support pa jud dayon ang pasanginlan ngano wla gitarung ang ilang computers... hehehe

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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2007, 10:42:12 PM »

Pasayloa sila kay wala sila masayod sa ilang gibuhat...  :D

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2007, 10:52:59 PM »
maayo nalang kay dili ko IT-Support! hehehe

mao na giingon nga kung sa panahon nga tudloan dili maminaw, pero sa panahon nga sila nalang magsige na nuon ug pangutana.

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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2007, 04:50:03 AM »
Stony Stevenson writes to mention that some security researchers are claiming that the Storm Worm has grown so massive that it could rival the world's top supercomputers in terms of raw power.

"Sergeant said researchers at MessageLabs see about 2 million different computers in the botnet sending out spam on any given day, and he adds that he estimates the botnet generally is operating at about 10 percent of capacity. 'We've seen spikes where the owner is experimenting with something and those spikes are usually five to 10 times what we normally see,' he said, noting he suspects the botnet could be as large as 50 million computers. 'That means they can turn on the taps whenever they want to.'"

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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2007, 01:24:02 PM »
just got an info mail from <Security Group> that this "Storm" worm creates new variants every 15 minutes.

so be careful in reading emails from unknown senders with the subject line similar to this: “230 dead as storm batters Europe”



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