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Jul 5 2007   2:55PM GMT

Storm worm gets patriotic

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

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Maarten Van Horenbeeck at the SANS Internet Storm Center has been tracking the spam subject lines associated with the Storm worm. “Happy B-day America,” “Independence Day Party” and other lines to dupe email recipients. We reported in January that the Storm worm has been fairly successful in spreading using a variety of topical headlines. Malware authors have been producing stealthier creations in recent years. Rather than focusing on getting the message out, some security researchers have found that the focus has shifted to making it difficult for IT pros to discover the viruses. The answer according to Horenbeeck is to block .exe downloads now.

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  • trustedtoolkit
    As long as people will be people, worms will spread like worms are meant to. As has been preached for years, people need to be wary of emails like this and the links/attachments that they contain, keep systems patched and update virus definitions regularly. As far as blocking .exe file downloads, I am surprised by the number of companies that still allow this. The crusade continues... Cheers! Trustedtoolkit
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