Feeds

Trojan poses as Berg video footage

Sick claim used to peddle malware

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Virus writers have moved on from using Osama bin Laden's or Arnold Schwarzenegger's supposed suicides as a lure to trying a similar trick involving "footage" of slain American captive Nick Berg.

VXers have seeded multiple Usenet groups with messages claiming Berg is alive and well in Iraq and pointing users towards supposed video footage from al-Jazeera. In reality this file offers only the Hackarmy Trojan. Last month virus writers used the same trick to try to con users into believing the same Trojan was either a suicide note from Arnold Schwarzenegger or photographs depicting Osama Bin Laden's supposed untimely demise.

Hackarmy has been around for some months and the Usenet spamming ploy is been repeatedly used in an attempt to give the aging malware a second lease of life.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, described the latest manifestation of the ploy as "despicable" and "insensitive". "The people behind Hackarmy are well versed in using morbid tricks to entice unsuspecting users - having recently claimed that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Osama Bin Laden were dead. This time, in an attempt to infect yet more PCs, they've resorted to claims that someone who was brutally killed is in fact alive," Cluley commented.

Communications worker Nick Berg was beheaded by Iraqi insurgents in May. A video of Berg's gruesome death was posted on an al Qaeda-linked website. ®

Related stories

Trojan poses as bin Laden suicide pics
Schwarzenegger virus terminated
Virus writers deploy bulk mail software

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems
US CERT says three flavours of control kit are under attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.