Remote attackers sought to take advantage of the storms battering the UK last week with the launch of new Trojan malware.
Distributors of the Trojan used an e-mail message promising news of the storm that was brewing on Thursday (18 January 2007).
Internet security firm F-Secure said the Trojan was created and launched literally as the storm raged, exploiting a timely wide scale media event as the key mechanism for delivering its payload.
The Trojan was distributed in messages with the subject line of “230 dead as storm batters Europe”.
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The malicious payload in the message was the Small.DAM Trojan.
This was downloaded onto all vulnerable machines upon opening the spam mail's attachment.
Once inside the machine, the Trojan creates a backdoor that can be exploited later by the malware authors behind the assault.
F-Secure said it believed the attack was initiated in the Asia region.