"Storm Worm" Virus Hits Computers Worldwide

Finnish data security company F-Secure has reported that a virus called Small.DAM, referred to as "Storm Worm" was sent to hundreds of thousands of email addresses globally and is continuing to spread very quickly. Representatives from F-Secure have said "the Small.DAM (Storm-Worm) we posted on earlier spread very fast during the night, Helsinki time. The heavy seeding through spam was quickly obvious on our tracking screens. The worm was spread throughout the world very rapidly." The origin of the Trojan virus is currently unknown.

F-Secure indicated that those who receive any of the following lines in the subject line should be particularly cautious:

  • 230 dead as storm batters Europe.
  • A killer at 11, he's free at 21 and...
  • British Muslims Genocide
  • Naked teens attack home director.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza...
The email will contain one of the following attachments:
  • Full Clip.exe
  • Full Story.exe
  • Read More.exe
  • Video.exe
Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date and make sure to warn all your friends who still don't know their computer is actually under the desk, not inside the monitor.

News source: DailyTech

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mmh...
I have my computer on the desk, and still i dont need to be warned... i have an iMac, and I also run xp, but actually anti-virus software updates automatically nowadays... so a warning in the news might be uninteresting to lots of users...

-fm

I just recived one of these e-mails with the subject "Venezuelan leader: "Let's the War beginning". "

Thankfully Outlook 2002 and later blocks the attachments from being opend

I received it a while ago. Virus is called Win32.Agent.Bet and was embedded in an exe file called Full Video.exe
E-mail subject: "Chinese missile shot down Russian Satellite". Kasperky killed it.

Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date and make sure to warn all your friends who still don’t know their computer is actually under the desk, not inside the monitor.

Unless they have one of those eMac's. All the parts are in the monitor...

*Shakes head* That's like the first 2 rules of e-mail broken: check from whom it's from, and don't open .exe's. If these people are that stupid, then they deserve that virus.

*shakes head* no one can deserve a virus for unknowledge.
its theoretically like saying hey... the kids didn't know about AIDS, so heck, they deserve it.
sure this not really the same, but the same logic would apply there.

-fm

One day you'll need help from a car mechanic and I hope he laughs at you. After all, you'll have probably deserved your car engine to fail because you didn't even know to regularly clean the intake ports or how to check the piston valves.

the only reason this thing is spreading as fast as it is, because dumb mother ****ing idiotic **** suckers are opening up the attached exe file

LOL... on top of that, people use POPx Protocol... I prefer using web mail where all of my mails are screened and filter before it reach my inbox or my desktop...

Krome said,
LOL... on top of that, people use POPx Protocol... I prefer using web mail where all of my mails are screened and filter before it reach my inbox or my desktop... :)

:sigh: And how do you think the email got to your webmail's email server? Magic? No, it was probably POP3. If the virus filtering at the ISP is letting the virus through, what chance do you think your client-side AV scaning will have? This isn't a exploitable flaw in POP3 that's letting the virus propagate, it's idiots oping an untrustworthy *.exe that's the problem.

It makes little difference to me if you access your e-mail from a web-based interface rather than a client-side app, however; I generaly think that people who use web-based e-mail are a little more likely to get viruses than people who use e-mail apps becasue if you weren't smart enough to figure out why email apps are usefull then your probably also not smart enough to figgure out what's a trustable exe and what's not. For your sake, I hope I'm wrong.

LOL... on top of that, people use POPx Protocol... I prefer using web mail where all of my mails are screened and filter before it reach my inbox or my desktop

Webmail goes through the same server as pop3, imap or any other protocol. I guess you're one of the "OMG you mean that box under my desk is made of Windows?!?!?" people

bmaher said,
Webmail goes through the same server as pop3, imap or any other protocol. I guess you're one of the "OMG you mean that box under my desk is made of Windows?!?!?" people :p

Despite the fact the OP said it in a stupid way, I see his point - most big webmail providers have AV solutions that check the files before letting you anywhere near them (this is true for GMail/Hotmail, not sure about elsewhere).