Osama Spam Onslaught Leads to Trojan

 
 
By Dennis Fisher  |  Posted 2004-04-23 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A persistent new spam campaign that purports to show recipients pictures of Osama bin Laden being captured is in fact a ruse that could lead victims to download a malicious Trojan.

A persistent new spam campaign that purports to show recipients pictures of Osama bin Laden being captured is in fact a ruse that could lead victims to download a malicious Trojan. The e-mails have been flooding inboxes all over the Internet since Thursday, carrying a subject line that reads: "Osama bin Laden Captured." The sending address is spoofed, and the messages often appear in tightly grouped batches of eight or 10 e-mails at a time. The text of the message is as follows: "Just got this from CNN Osama Bin Laden has just been captured! A video and some pictures have been released. Go to the link below for pictures, I will update the page with the video as soon as I can: http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xx/pics/ God Bless America!"
Users who click on the URL in the message are taken to what looks like an ad for Viagra. But the Web page also attempts to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Exlorer to download a file named Exploit.exe, which contains a Trojan called Small.B, according to an analysis of the threat by Panda Software, based in Glendale, Calif.
Once on the users machine, the Trojan opens a random port and sends the port information to a remote Web server. It then listens on that port for instructions. The Trojan can be used for sending spam, according to McAfee Security, a unit of Network Associates Inc., in Santa Clara, Calif. For insights on security coverage around the Web, check out eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center at http://security.eweek.com for security news, views and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com security news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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