Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Vulnerabilities / Threats

1/27/2009
09:59 AM
Dark Reading
Dark Reading
Products and Releases
50%
50%

PandaLabs Detects Valentine's Day Worm

Waledac.C worm spreads via email in fake Valentine's Day e-greeting cards

GLENDALE, Calif., Jan. 26, 2009 - PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware analysis and detection laboratory, today announced that it has detected a new variant of the Waledac Storm worm, the Waledac.C worm, which is using Valentine's Day as bait to spread itself to as many computers as possible.

As is usually the case in this type of attack, Waledac.C spreads by email trying to pass itself off as a greeting card sent for Valentine's Day to the targeted user. The email message includes a link to download the card. However, if the user clicks the link and accepts the subsequent file download they will actually be letting the Waledac.C worm into their computer. For an example of what one of these messages may look like, please access this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/panda_security/3227767277/

These malicious files have Valentine's Day-related romantic names such as:

youandme.exe onlyyou.exe you.exe meandyou.exe

Once it has infected the computer, the worm uses the affected user's email to send out spam. To do this, it collects all the email addresses stored on the user's computer, and sends them an email message like the one above in order to trick other users into downloading the malware strain.

"The fact that cyber-crooks keep using this technique year after year shows that as old as it may be, it still causes a large number of infections," says Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs.

For more information about this malware strain, go to the PandaLabs blog: http://pandalabs.pandasecurity.com/archive/Waledac-Storm-worm_2E002E002E00_-New-Target_3A00_-Valentine_1920_s-day.aspx

About PandaLabs Since 1990, its mission has been to detect and eliminate new threats as rapidly as possible to offer our clients maximum security. To do so, PandaLabs has an innovative automated system that analyzes and classifies thousands of new samples a day and returns automatic verdicts (malware or goodware). This system is the basis of collective intelligence, Panda Security's new security model which can even detect malware that has evaded other security solutions. Currently, 94 percent of malware detected by PandaLabs is analyzed through this system of collective intelligence. This is complemented through the work of several teams, each specialized in a specific type of malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, phishing, spam, etc), working 24/7 to provide global coverage. This translates into more secure, simpler and more resource-friendly solutions for clients. More information is available in the PandaLabs blog: http://www.pandalabs.com and the Panda Security website: www.pandasecurity.com/usa.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
News
Inside the Ransomware Campaigns Targeting Exchange Servers
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  4/2/2021
Commentary
Beyond MITRE ATT&CK: The Case for a New Cyber Kill Chain
Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Omdia,  3/30/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-27394
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-16
A vulnerability has been identified in Mendix Applications using Mendix 7 (All versions < V7.23.19), Mendix Applications using Mendix 8 (All versions < V8.17.0), Mendix Applications using Mendix 8 (V8.12) (All versions < V8.12.5), Mendix Applications using Mendix 8 (V8.6) (All versions <...
CVE-2020-9667
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-16
Adobe Genuine Service version 6.6 (and earlier) is affected by an Uncontrolled Search Path element vulnerability. An authenticated attacker could exploit this to to plant custom binaries and execute them with System permissions. Exploitation of this issue requires user interaction.
CVE-2020-9668
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-16
Adobe Genuine Service version 6.6 (and earlier) is affected by an Improper Access control vulnerability when handling symbolic links. An unauthenticated attacker could exploit this to elevate privileges in the context of the current user.
CVE-2020-9681
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-16
Adobe Genuine Service version 6.6 (and earlier) is affected by an Uncontrolled Search Path element vulnerability. An authenticated attacker could exploit this to rewrite the file of the administrator, which may lead to elevated permissions. Exploitation of this issue requires user interaction.
CVE-2021-26830
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-16
SQL Injection in Tribalsystems Zenario CMS 8.8.52729 allows remote attackers to access the database or delete the plugin. This is accomplished via the `ID` input field of ajax.php in the `Pugin library - delete` module.