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Security Best Practices, Breaking News, & Updates

Storm Worm becomes the Largest Trojan horse attack in months

Unfortunately, this trojan horse disguised as breaking news coincided with one of Europe's most fercious storms. I've also received copies of this massively spammed worm in my personal email. Please avoid all attachments on breaking news emails and check major news sites instead for pertinent information.

Storm Worm rages across the globe
http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/2100-1009_11-6151414.html

QUOTE: "Storm Worm," one of the larger Trojan horse attacks in recent years, is baiting people with timely information about a deadly, real-life front, security researchers said Friday.  Over an eight-hour period Thursday, malicious e-mails were sent across the globe to hundreds of thousands of people, said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for F-Secure. 

Storm Worm is already close to being as large as the bigger attacks of 2006, Hypponen said, though it's still smaller than Sasser and Slammer.  People who open the attachment then unknowingly become part of a botnet. A botnet serves as an army of commandeered computers, which are later used by attackers without their owners' knowledge.

Additional Links below:

McAfee - DAT 4943 is available and provides protection
http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_141316.htm

F-Secure: Small.DAM definition
http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/small_dam.shtml

F-Secure: Storm-Worm spreads Quickly
http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/archive-012007.html#00001087

ISC: European Storm Video E-Mail
http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=2071 

EMAIL TO AVOID:

Subject:
230 dead as storm batters Europe
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has kicked German Chancellor Angela Merkel
A killer at 11, he''s free at 21 and kill again!
British Muslims Genocide

Attachment:  Read More.exe, Full Clip.exe, Full Story.exe, Video.exe

P.S.  Below is the true story of the Winter Storm which impacted Europe with high winds, as some gusts were reported at 105 mph.

Accuweather Blog - European Storm Winds over 105 MPH 

Comments

Harry Waldron - Microsoft MVP Blog said:

Users should continue to be cautious and not select any attachments in email from untrusted sources,

# January 23, 2007 8:41 AM