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July 1st, 2009

Michael Jackson Death Prompts Malware And Mass-mailing Worms

Miscreants have created a Michael Jackson mass-mailing worm. The malware follows a growing list of other hacking attacks in the wake of the superstar’s death last week and claims to offer secret songs and photos of Jackson in an attached zip file. In reality, the emails (which claim to come from [email protected]) offer malicious code.

Prospective marks duped into opening the infected attachment on Windows machines get infected while further spreading the worm. The malware is also capable of spreading via USB memory sticks. The mass mailing worm – identified by Symantec as Ackantta-F – spreads in messages that typically bear the subject line “Remembering Michael Jackson.”

Ackantta is far from the only item of malware trying to ride on the coat-tails of Michael Jackson’s death. For example, an executable file posted on counterfeit photo-sharing sites was detected by F-Secure last week. The malware tried to established a backdoor on compromised Windows PCs.

Separately, a domain loaded with exploit code – supposedly touting Jackson death conspiracy theories – is actually just an outlet for an exploit tool, Sunbelt Software warns. The domain, complete with Matrix-like animation, is running “Unique Pack” exploit package version 2. The malicious domain is being promoted via an enthusiastic spamming campaign.

Credit: The Register

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