12/31/2005

New IM Worm Exploiting WMF Vulnerability

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

It was only a matter of time, the first IM-Worm exploiting the wmf vulnerability has been spotted.

There are multiple reports from the Netherlands about an IM-Worm which spreads via MSN using a link to “http://[snip]/xmas-2006 FUNNY.jpg”.
This may well turn out to become a local epidemic(in NL), however so far it has not become big.(Not even 1000 bots at this moment)

The jpg is actually an HTML page with a (link to a) malicious wmf file.

This wmf will download and execute a .vbs file which is detected as Trojan-Downloader.VBS.Psyme.br which in turn will download an Sdbot. The IRCBot is detected as Backdoor.Win32.SdBot.gen by KAV.

At the time of writing this SdBot is instructed to download an IM-Worm.Win32.Kelvir variant. As you will know Kelvir is responsible for spreading across MSN.

Looking at this IRCBot it’s extremely likely that it has been made for cyber criminals.

Dial MMS for Marijuana

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A teenage drug-dealing network that promoted its wares using MMS messages has been busted after a mother found incriminating messages on her child’s mobile. Massachusetts police arrested six local teenagers last week following a tip-off for a parent of one of the gang’s intended marijuana customers, according to local reports.

Police reckon the hi-tech dope dealers called prospective customers to arrange sales prior to sending picture messages of the merchandise. “They had a lot of proprietary enthusiasm,” Sgt. Daniel Devine told The New Britain Herald. “They would email a picture of the drugs and a message to kids in town on their cell phone, and then the kids in Farmington would send the photo and message to all their friends to notify them of the upcoming sale.”

The scheme was exposed after a parent spotted a picture advertising a sale on her child’s phone. She notified the police who busted the teens during a morning sale in a raid that netted “less than a pound of marijuana”, several hundred dollars, drug paraphernalia and mobile phones seized from a car.

Source: The Register

Apple iPod designer named in Queen’s honour list

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The chief designer of Apple Computer Inc.’s phenomenally popular iPod digital music player was named on Friday in the Queen’s Honours List.

London-born Jonathan Ive, 38, Apple’s senior vice president of design, on Friday was awarded the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth.

The title recognizes Ive’s achievements in industrial design as leader of the team that produced not only the iPod but also the iMac, iBook and Powerbook computer lines in his nearly 13-year career at Cupertino, California-based Apple.

Source: Reuters

Hackers Rebel Against Spy Cams

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

When the Austrian government passed a law this year allowing police to install closed-circuit surveillance cameras in public spaces without a court order, the Austrian civil liberties group Quintessenz vowed to watch the watchers.

Members of the organization worked out a way to intercept the camera images with an inexpensive, 1-GHz satellite receiver. The signal could then be descrambled using hardware designed to enhance copy-protected video as it’s transferred from DVD to VHS tape.

The Quintessenz activists then began figuring out how to blind the cameras with balloons, lasers and infrared devices.

And, just for fun, the group created an anonymous surveillance system that uses face-recognition software to place a black stripe over the eyes of people whose images are recorded.

Source: wired

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