Feeds

Worm wears iTunes guise

Runs malware not music

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

The latest incarnation of the Opanki worm, which spreads itself using AOL Instant Messenger, has begun targeting iTunes users.

The worm appears as a message headed 'this picture never gets old' and carries as a payload a link to a file called itunes.exe. Anyone who clicks on the link to download the Apple app receives the worm, which modifies Windows to ensure it runs whenever the host machine is restarted, and downloads a set of four adware programs.

According to anti-virus specialist Trend Micro, the worm also opens a random TCP port, and connects to an IRC server where it listens out for commands which, if received, it will run on the infected machine.

Trend rates the threat as low, noting that it has detected relatively few infected computers out there. The worm targets Windows PCs running all versions of the operating system from 95 onwards. ®

Related stories

'Alien greeting' harbours Windows malware
Malware maelstrom menaces UK
Industry coalition takes stab at defining spyware
Adware makers exploit BitTorrent
Hackers plot to create massive botnet
VXers creating 150 zombie programs a week

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day
Goog the perfect ruse to slip into SEO orfice
Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE
Russian Interior Ministry offers big pile o' roubles for busting pro-privacy browser
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.