Feeds

Storm worm authors switch tactics

Bogus updates and racy pics fuel botnet

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The hackers behind the Storm worm attack are switching tactics.

The malware infected thousands of computers in January by promising recipients information about the storms ravaging Europe at the time in email messages that directed potential marks towards a malware-infested website. Malicious code on the site attempted to download Trojan horse malware onto unpatched Windows boxes that strayed onto the sites. Compromised machines were used to distribute junk mail - the attack was linked to a huge upsurge in spam.

More recently the gang switched tactics, attempting to trick users into visiting maliciously-constructed websites via bogus electronic greeting card receipts. Surfers straying onto these sites last week were offered bogus Microsoft updates. The "updates" - loaded with Trojan code - attempted to trick gullible users into becoming infected even in cases where their machines are fully patched and up to date. Those duped by the ruse became infected with the Zhelatin-gg, a botnet client containing rootkit functionality.

"This operation is apparently the work of the same gang that did the original 'Storm worm' run in January 2007," Finnish antivirus firm F-Secure reports.

Botnet herders refined these tactics over the weekend via emails promising either racy picture or romance to the lovestruck. With Hurricane Dean bearing down on the low-lying Cayman Islands and Mexico after devastating Jamaica overnight its tempting to speculate that the Storm worm authors might come full circle by the end of the week. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for
It's on by default – didn't you read the small print?
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch
Redmond makes a hash of hashing add-on
'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail
15 months home detention leaves egg on feds' faces as they grab for more power
China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog
Attack harvests users' info at iPhone 6 launch
Carders punch holes through Staples
Investigation launched into East Coast stores
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
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.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.