Security firms warn users to take extra care
Written by Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
vnunet.com, 04 Jul 2008
Malware writers are looking to cash in on the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, security experts have warned.
MX Logic said that the first two weeks of July could be a busy time for malware with the US gearing up to celebrate Independence Day on 4 July and the release of the iPhone scheduled for 11 July.
The company predicted in its monthly threat forecast that both events will be used as bait to lure unsuspecting users.
MX Logic noted that the Storm worm used the Fourth of July celebrations last year to spread itself to new users.
Last Updated: 2008-07-04 15:01:30 UTC
by Kevin Liston
I read about MX Logic's prediction this morning (www.computerworld.com/action/article.do) that we should expect another wave of Storm Bot recuitment emails likely using the US Independence Day holiday as a lure. This group behind the Storm Botnet has always been concious of timing and shortly after 5pm Eastern time I began to receive reports that a new wave had started.
There's nothing very different about this one, it directs the user to click on a link that encourages the intended victim to download fireworks.exe.