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NEWS - January 20, 2007

by Marianna Schmudlach / January 19, 2007 2:26 PM PST

UPDATE - European Storm Video E-Mail

A new variant of this virus has surfaced over the last 3-4 hours. This variant is slightly smaller than the original.
MD5 checksums for the files are:

cf6c72dfa5a05beb46f21a21cb6d3487 for the original version
b9a0d6c8493ad79c2c09137871b95672 for the new variant (some of you will get the hash 01a1115bcb0d5e32a98c76a50ac8868d on the same file).

(If you have a file that does not match the above two signatures feel free to submit it)

AV products are picking up the original, only some are picking up the variant (that should change over the next few hours).

The subject and file names are changing as well in line with the news headlines of the day. In addition to the subjects mentioned in Part 1 we have seen:

Chinese missile shot down USA aircraft
Chinese missile shot down USA satellite
Chinese missile shot down Russian satellite
Russian missile shot down USA aircraft
Russia missile shot down USA satellite
Russian missile shot down Chinese aircraft
Radical Muslim drinking enemies' blood
Sadam Hussein alive!
Sadam Hussein safe and sound!

Read more: http://isc.sans.org/

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Sun Java Vulnerability in processing GIF images
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 19, 2007 2:29 PM PST

Published: 2007-01-19,
Last Updated: 2007-01-19 12:19:04 UTC
by Mark Hofman (Version: 1)
Sun has released an alert notification regarding a vulnerability with the JRE (CVE-2007-0243 )

The alert states that an overflow vulnerability may allow the escalation of privileges.

The recommendation from Sun is to upgrade your JRE.

CVE-2007-0243
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-0243

http://isc.sans.org/

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Antivirus 2.0: The Bouncer Approach
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 19, 2007 2:39 PM PST

Whitelisting may be the way to stay ahead of malware.

By Larry Greenemeier
InformationWeek

Jan 20, 2007 12:00 AM (From the January 22, 2007 issue)

The antivirus model in use today is broken, largely because it's set up to block known malware and has no way of anticipating the nature of the next attack. The weakness of this blacklisting approach showed up in the last year as attackers developed faster, automated ways of launching malware variations that eluded unsuspecting defenses. Now being used is a "whitelisting" approach that acts like a nightclub bouncer working from a guest list. If you're not on the list, you're not getting in.

Successive, low-volume attacks last year struck targeted networks in waves. Each contained a slightly different version of a particular malware. The variants had to be individually identified and blocked, allowing malware writers to stay ahead of signature-based antivirus programs, according to a report by e-mail security vendors Proofpoint and Commtouch Software.

Read more: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=196902080&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_Security

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Swedish Bank loses $1 Million through Russian hacker
by Donna Buenaventura / January 19, 2007 10:42 PM PST

phishing attack

Russian hackers have used phishing techniques to get hundreds of customers of Sweden's largest bank to divulge their username and password without realizing it, resulting in losses over well over $1 Million dollars.

Sweden's largest bank, called Nordea Bank, has been under phishing attack since 2005, with the first successful attack taking place in August 2006. Detected only a month later, the attacks have continued, resulting in a massive loss through phishing fraud, perpetrated by Russian hackers routing their attacks through servers in the US.

250 customers have been affected so far, with at least 121 more customer accounts under investigation. The hackers used a phishing email that advised bank customers to download an anti-spam tool that loaded the 'haxdoor.ki' Trojan.

More at http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/8772/53/

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Critical Microsoft & Mozilla Patches for 2006
by Donna Buenaventura / January 19, 2007 11:25 PM PST
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Another trojan run by the Storm Worm gang
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 20, 2007 2:14 PM PST

We got a repeat of what happened last night - but with modified version of the trojan and fresh news items in the subject field.

This time the subjects in the mails are:

Russian missle shot down Chinese satellite
Russian missle shot down USA aircraft
Russian missle shot down USA satellite
Chinese missile shot down USA aircraft
Chinese missile shot down USA satellite
Sadam Hussein alive!
Sadam Hussein safe and sound!
Radical Muslim drinking enemies' blood.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has kicked German Chancellor Angela Merkel
U.S. Southwest braces for another winter blast. More then 1000 people are dead.
Venezuelan leader: "Let's the War beginning".
Hugo Chavez dead.

And the attachment names are:

Video.exe
Full Video.exe
Read More.exe
Full Text.exe
Full Clip.exe

Read more: http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/

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