Panda Software's antivirus solutions effectively detect and neutralize the actions of this malicious application, whose author is now in the hands of the law
Over the last few days, some media -such as USA TODAY- has reported a civil lawsuit filed in the USA against Stanford Wallace, known as the Spam King, ordering him to disable a malicious application -Spyware/Spydeleter- that blackmails users into paying to remove the application from their computers.
Spyware/Spydeleter is a script that can download up to nine spyware programs to the computer. It is also installed on users computers when they visit web pages, either through links or Java scripts that do this automatically.
Once it has reached the system, Spyware/Spydeleter downloads the spyware programs through FTP connections. Similarly, it creates several processes and leaves them memory resident. These processes have names like sd.exe or sd3.exe and ensure that the script is running at all times.
Sophos reports 300% increase in Rolex watch spam
Researchers at anti-spam specialist Sophos have reported a significant increase in the last week in the number of spam emails trading on the name of the luxury watch manufacturer Rolex. Examining all the spam seen in the last month, Sophos's global monitoring stations have recorded a 300% rise in the number of junk emails referencing Rolex.
"Spammers hawking cheap watches are the internet equivalent of Del Boy and Rodney, but few computer users who have to wade through a barrage of unsolicited emails every day will find their antics amusing," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Spam continues to be a nice little earner for the spammers, because people continue to purchase goods sold via junk email. However good the offer may seem, the message is simple - never buy from a spam email."