Nuclear war worm fails to explode

VXers have created an email aware worm that offers outrageous, and bogus, news stories about the supposed the outbreak of nuclear war and the fictional deaths of either George W Bush and Vladimir Putin as bait.

The Dref-N worm, whose payload comes in emails with subject lines such as 'White house news!', 'Incredible news' and 'ATTN TO EVERYBODY!', tries to dupe recipients by claiming that the attachment contains details of a major global news story. Opening the attached file disables the Windows firewall, infecting Windows PCs with code that allows hackers to steal sensitive information. Infected Pcs churn out copies of the worm, which are sent to contacts harvested from compromised PCs. Nuclear war worm fails to explode | Channel Register

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 9th November 2006 1:49AM