Thursday, July 03, 2008

Storm Worm Salutes Our Nation on the 4th!

I had just left for my holiday weekend when one of our UAB Computer & Information Sciences students
called to let me know he thought he had a new Storm version on his hands.

He had received an email wishing him a happy Fourth of July, followed by an IP address, which he recognized as a traditional Storm-style email.

I ran a quick check in the UAB Spam Data Mine, and here is what we had so far (the oldest of these is around 90 minutes ago, so we'll have a fuller picture tomorrow I'm sure.)

Amazing firework 2008
America the Beautiful
American Independence Day
Bright and joyful Fourth of July
Celebrate Independence
Celebrating Fourth of July
Celebrating the Glory of our Nation
Celebrating the spirit of our Country
Celebrations have already begun
Fabulous Independence Day firework
God bless America
Happy Birthday, America!
Happy Independence Day
Happy Independence Day!!
Independence Day firework broke all records *
Spectacular fireworks show
Stars and Strips forever
The best of 4th of July Salute
Time for Fireworks
Wish your friends a happy Independence Day

Amazing Independence Day show
America the Beautiful
Celebrating the Glory of our Nation
God bless America
Sparkling Celebration of Independence Day
Stars and Strips forever
Super 4th!
The best firework you've ever seen

IP Addresses

The website, which seems to invite visitors to play a fireworks video,
actually downloads the Storm malware in the form
of an executable called "fireworks.exe".

Detection is fairly good already, with 16 of 28 AV engines detecting at, with each calling it the various well known names for Storm:

Sophos = "Troj/Dorf-BP"

AVG = I-Worm/Nuwar.U
McAfee = W32/Nuwar@MM
Microsoft = Backdoor:Win32/Nuwar.gen!D
NOD32v2 = Win32/Nuwar.DC

Symantec = Trojan.Peacomm.D

BitDefender = Trojan.Peed.JLV

VirusBuster = Trojan.Tibs.AMZ

AntiVir = WORM/Zhelatin.Gen
GData = Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin.add
Kaspersky = Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin.add
Webwasher = Worm.Zhelatin.Gen

Because this is a holiday weekend, there may be quite a few people who don't get blocking in place right away.

Best of luck to you all, and to those who are fortunate enough to live in the United States of America, Happy Independence Day!

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