New Worm Spawns More Than 8M Spam Messages

Fake news come-ons lead to infected porn site

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

June 20, 2008

1 Min Read

A new worm is generating boatloads of spam traffic in an effort to lure users to an infected Website, researchers said yesterday.

According to a report issued yesterday by security firm MX Logic, the worm has already generated more than 8 million spam messages -- more than 85 percent of the worm traffic detected yesterday.

The spam messages, which use a variety of news-style come-ons such as "Obama withdraws from election" and "Paris Hilton found to be gay," lures readers to click on a Web link. That link takes them to a PornTube site, where the user is enticed to download an ActiveX malware component, MX Logic says.

The worm appears to be recruiting zombies for the Srizbi botnet, MX Logic says.

— Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading

Read more about:


About the Author(s)

Dark Reading Staff

Dark Reading

Dark Reading is a leading cybersecurity media site.

Keep up with the latest cybersecurity threats, newly discovered vulnerabilities, data breach information, and emerging trends. Delivered daily or weekly right to your email inbox.

You May Also Like

More Insights