Storm malware shapes up as worst 'weather' in years

Malicious software that was sent out in millions of spam messages over the weekend has now infected about 300,000 computers, making it the worst malware outbreak since 2005, Symantec Corp. said Monday.

The so called "Storm Worm " e-mail messages first started appearing last Wednesday, advertising attached news reports on topics like "230 Dead as storm batters Europe," or "U.S. Secretary of Sate Condoleeza Rice has kicked German Chancellor."

The attachments have names such as "Full Story.exe" or "Full Video.exe." Once they are launched, these files install malicious software that then waits to receive further instructions over the Internet. Storm malware shapes up as worst 'weather' in years

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 23rd January 2007 11:44PM