A storm in Europe isn’t over yet. A natural disaster dubbed Kyrill has already claimed 41 lives in Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, France and Poland. It’s an undoubted tragedy.
But malware makers don’t care. They use a storm to spread the infection. By sending spam messages with a trojan attached they managed to infect thousands of users around the world. The exact number of infected computers is unknown, but it is known that malicious e-mails have been sent to hundreds of thousands of recipients.
Victims are tricked into opening infected attachments of socially engineered e-mails that have the subject “230 dead as storm batters Europe”. Attachment names are video.exe, fullvideo.exe, read more.exe, full story.exe, fullclip.exe, etc. Not computer savvy users worried about storm easily open files like these.
That’s how a Storm Worm gets installed. It’s not actually a worm, but rather a trojan known by the names of Peacomm and Small.DAM. Once executed, it begins contacting other hosts plagued by the same pest in order to download more malware on the compromised computer and retrieve additional instructions.
The parasite does not carry any destructive payload. However, malware it downloads can severely damage the system and lead to a theft of user sensitive information.
Most antivirus software provides updated definitions that detect Storm Worm. Update your antivirus as soon as possible and do not open e-mails that came from people you do not know. For detailed information on Kyrill visit popular news sites. Don’t trust any videos attached to e-mails!