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Mass mailing worm exploits singer's death

Sophos : 02 July, 2009  (Technical Article)
ZIP file of Michael Jackson songs and pictures contains mass mailing worm which is also being spread through USB attached devices
IT security and control firm Sophos is today warning computer users to exercise extra caution when using email, following the discovery of a mass-mailing worm attack that is currently spreading via a malicious email campaign.

The email, which has the subject line 'Remembering Michael Jackson' says that an attached ZIP file - titled 'Michael songs and pictures.zip' contains secret songs and photos of Michael Jackson.

However, by opening the attachment, computer users are exposed to infection. Once infected, a computer will begin automatically spreading the worm onto other internet users. Besides spreading via email, Sophos experts note that the malware is also capable of spreading as an Autorun component on USB memory sticks - an increasingly common trend for malware, as use of these devices becomes more and more popular.

'In light of the huge interest in Jackson since his sudden death, there are likely to be many computer users who are tempted into opening the attachment,' said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. 'But sensible computer users should by now be well aware that cybercriminals will be quick to exploit news events to spread malware and spam. Anyone who receives this email should delete it immediately to save themselves the embarrassment of infecting their email contacts.'

Sophos detects the malware proactively as Mal/ZipMal-B and Mal/VB-AD, and recommends that users of other anti-virus products ennsure that their defences are properly updated.
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