Virus writer signs off in cordial Trojan message to MS
So long, and thanks for all the phish
An unidentified Russian virus writer has reached out to Microsoft with a message buried within a recent variant of the Zlob Trojan. The greeting in the malicious code was friendly and cordial, in sharp contrast to messages posted on compromised websites by defacement crews, which frequently deride the security of Microsoft's software.
Microsoft's researchers are dedicated to making sure the Zlob Trojan causes the minimum of damage, in opposition to the hacker's objective of infecting as many systems as possible with the money-making code. Despite this the message is amiable, even chatty, and respectful after the fashion of an exchange between an old-school blagger and a rozzer.
"Just want to say 'Hello' from Russia. You are really good guys. It was a surprise for me that Microsoft can respond on threats so fast," the VXer writes. "Happy New Year, guys, and good luck!"
The Zlob Trojan, which first appeared in 2005, commonly poses as a video codec that's supposedly needed to watch movie clips. The malware generates bogus pop-up warnings on infected systems, encouraging users to purchase rogue anti-spyware products.
The message goes out to suggest that the hacker is on the brink of abandoning the Zlob Trojan project, in favour of moving over to developing more invasive code. "BTW, we are closing soon. Not because of your work. :-)) So, you will not see some of my great ;) ideas in that family of software. Try to search in exploits/shellcodes and rootkit," the message adds.
Microsoft researcher Tareq Saade welcomed the possible retirement of the Zlob gang. "It warms my heart that they're 'closing soon,'" he writes, adding that burying messages in viral code is hardly an effective way of keeping in touch. "Considering the enormous amount of malware we go through every day, it can be difficult to track follow up samples like this."
Indeed, the latest message was spotted not by Microsoft itself but by a French security researcher.
The same hacker reportedly used viral smoke signals to get in touch with Microsoft in earlier variants of the Zlob Trojan. Comments buried in October variants of the malware were altogether more sinister, stating "I want to see your eyes the man from Windows Defender's team".
In the latest message, the VXer claims that Microsoft offered him work as a consultant, improving Window's Vista security, without knowing about his work churning out malicious code. The hacker said that he declined the supposed opportunity because the type of work on offer didn't interest him, and that he only mentioned the offer because of its delicious irony. ®
"Microsoft researcher Tareq Saade welcomed the possible retirement of the Zlob gang."
OK, that could be considered as good... If the VXer wasn't saying he's going to go on to even worse things -- I'd suppose he's not going alone.
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FSB will hardly pursue VXer because, correct me, the case is a matter of MVD [DomAff]. But they also hardly will. Hunting people who work 9-18 an engineer with a hell of a low salary to buy the legal stuff [2-3 monthly wages as usual] is a job for private agencies. People who work for them are usually likely not to be hired anywhere else but to another such agency in case if one is to be fired.
Private agencies generally are at the beginning of hunting the users of the so-called "Illegal" Windows and other progams. Not because government had issued any act, but followed by the MS' initiative and an army of lawyers. It's known that Adobe, Corel and Microsoft are the most popular freeware now in Russia. Kinda "Good People Company Unlimited", nationwide, at homes and corporations. Just a year ago stands with a load full of disks labelled "The freshest Microsoft cracks", "Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and InDesign in one pack for $5!" were a legal, wide-spread and respectable business owned by "intellectuals". Thus, a path for greatest shadow data-mining ever taken in history is on a solid ground.
It also strucks if you see a Win-equipped PC used for a strategic performance. Making all these freewarez fail-safe needs superknowledge of how system wrx. But it's not the military who own the knowledge. In Russia, those ones are students (-:
Virus writers have been doing this for a long time, in fact most viruses have some kind of message in them.. Seems they only hit the headlines when they are directed at Microsoft though.
Remember blaster? Two messages there.
1. "I love you San" A message to his girlfriend.
2. " billy gates why do you make this possible ? Stop making money and fix your software!!"
The author of blaster was a good (online) friend of mine who I have not seen since Msoft offered up a gargantuan reward for him, maybe he defected to Russia? :-)