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McAfee issues the top e-mail threats for November.

McAfee : 03 December, 2007  (Technical Article)
Top phishing scams and virus threats during November 2007 come under the spotlight from the latest research and statistics from McAfee.
Top 10 Phishing Scams:.


1 Suspension Notice.
2 eBay New Unpaid Item Message.
3 You have 1 new secure message.
4 Amazon.com - Critical Account Information.
5 Sparkasse Internet Banking.
6 Customer notification: data confirmation!.
7 Softwareupdate.
8 Sparkasse informiert Sie.
9 Sparkasse Banking.
10 Citizens Bank customer service: official information!.

Most prevalent Viruses (EUROPEAN PCs scanned by McAfee) - November 2007:.

VBS/Psyme (Trojan) - Recently, this threat was proactively detected on a major Korean website. The exploit was hidden in a legitimate webpage believed to have been subjected to unauthorised modifications. Similar incidents had been reported before, on other relatively less known websites.
This threat causes unpatched Internet Explorer clients to download and execute further malware.
This file is installed in • %Temp%102084.exe (W32/HLLP.Philis installer at the time of writing).
Using the current DATs in VirusScan with ScriptScan enabled protects against this threat. Customers are reminded to ensure that the latest security patches from the vendor for Internet Explorer are installed.
This trojan exploits an unpatched (at the time of this writing) vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability allows for the writing, and overwriting, of local files by exploiting the ADODB.Stream object. There are several variants of this trojan. Therefore this description is design to give an overview of how the trojan works. The trojan exists as VBScript. This script contains instructions to download a remote executable, save it to a specified location on the local disk, and then execute it.

JS/Wonka (Trojan) - The risk assessment of this threat has been updated to Low-Profiled due to media attention.


Winfixer (Program) - McAfee Avert recognises that this program may have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorised administrator has knowingly installed this application. If you agreed to a license agreement for this, or another bundled application, you may have legal obligations with regard to removing this software, or using the host application without this software. Please contact the software vendor for further information.
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