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Strommer
07-06-2005, 10:01 AM
We need to be careful, folks...

Security firms issue warnings of Trojan attacks
Read full article here (http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/3094.html) More exceprts below.

...warned that it was a three-pronged attack involving three Trojans- Glieder, Fantibag and Mitglieder. These viruses are supposed to unleash a co-ordinated malware attack (CMA). Security researchers say that these three have been combined so as to maximize the potency of the attack.

The Glieder opens backdoors that are exploited by the follow-on Trojans, CA said adding, " The apparent objective is to get to as many victims as fast as possible with a lightweight piece of malware." The Fantibag Trojan disables the security of infected systems, while the Mitglieder renders the systems defenseless and leaves them under the control of the hackers.


See also:
Ever-Morphing Bagle Virus Going Strong Here (http://www.enterpriseitplanet.com/security/news/article.php/3510191)

A new Trojan has been discovered that encrypts victims' files and then deposits a ransom note
that demands over 100 in exchange for the decryption key Here (http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/security/0,39020375,39199958,00.htm)

Safari
07-06-2005, 10:18 AM
We need to be careful, folks...
That means Windows users only.

These Trojan attacks infect only Windows PCs; Apple, Linux and systems on OS/2 are safe from these attacks.

KiwiTT_NZ
07-06-2005, 10:27 AM
How can we convince the average user to ensure that their PC is protected ?

Viruses even make the mainstream media occassionally.

Most people think, "What would they want with my PC ?" We need to take the security focus away from "direct" hackers and tell people that the internet is a like dirty "drinking water". i.e. you need to filter your consumption of the information you get.

Strommer
08-06-2005, 10:19 AM
(bump)

The Bagle bug arrives as an empty e-mail. If the attachment is opened, it releases a trojan which downloads the actual virus from various locations.
Security experts said computer users should protect themselves by ensuring anti-virus programs are updated. The attachment, which arrives in the blank e-mail, is a zip file that tries to download a trojan horse from a pre-selected list of websites when it is opened. The virus, once activated, sends itself out to all the e-mail addresses it finds on the computer's hard drive. More here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4599501.stm)


Osama spam spreads new malware
vnunet.com 06 Jun 2005 more here (http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2137522/osama-spam-spreads-malware)
Computer users are being warned about new malware that purports to be pictures of a captured Osama Bin Laden. The emails arrive with a variety of headers such as 'God Bless America' or 'Captured at last' and contain an attachment with the malicious code.