Feeds

Newmedia agency cleared of spreading worm

Klez-E is as cunning as a Fox

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Updated Subscribers to a mailing list on news about 20th Century Fox received an unwelcome release yesterday when they were sent a copy of the Klez-E worm.

The infection-bearing email appeared to come from fox-news@lists.foresight.co.uk, prompting Reg readers to conclude that some breach of security at the new media agency was responsible for the spread of the pathogen.

Although a techie at Foresight told us earlier today that the worm was sent out after vandals broke into a Linux server that was used to run the list up until February 2000, this turns out to be incorrect.

Further investigation by Foresight of its Internet logs reveals it did not send out any virus. Foresight uses email screening services from Star Internet which means any virus coming from its email server would be blocked before reaching any of the 30,000 people on the list, which is now run by 20th Century Fox - not Foresight.

Klez-E, a damaging worm which normally spreads by email, has the ability to spoof the destination it comes from, AV experts at Sophos confirm.

It seems the virus infected the Windows box of a user who had fox-news@lists.foresight.co.uk in his Outlook contact list, and it then spread itself to other addresses in that user's email address book. It did this with Foresight's email address in the 'From' field, so the worm appeared to come from Foresight's servers even though its systems remained free of infection.

Fiendishly nasty things, these viruses... ®

Related Stories

Undead virus infects the dim-witted
Klez-E worm triggers today

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.