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Storm Worm Variant Continues to Spread

by Marianna Schmudlach / August 14, 2007 6:12 AM PDT

added August 14, 2007 at 02:01 pm

US-CERT is aware of public reports that the Storm Worm variant, previously reported in the US-CERT Current Activity on 29-June-2007, is currently on the rise. This variant of the Storm Worm arrives as an email message and contains a link to a malicious website that, when visited, installs malware on the user's system. The subject line of the email message may contain one of the examples listed in these US-CERT Current Activity 16-April-2007 and 20-January-2007 documents.

US-CERT urges users and administrators to take the following preventative measures to mitigate the security risks:

Install anti-virus software, and keep its virus signature files up-to-date.
Block executable and unknown file types at the email gateway.
Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams document for more information on avoiding email scams.
Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks document for more information on social engineering attacks.


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