Monday, July 25, 2005

Virus Writers Adopting Stealth Strategy

The latest example of a new quiet Trojan is Abwiz.C, which Symantec reported discovering in the wild. The virus can infect a computer by the user either clicking on an email attachment or visiting a malicious website, Cole said. Once installed, the Trojan tries to steal personal information and send it to a waiting server.

Security experts reported the existence of a worm that disguised itself as a file coming from iTunes, the popular online music service from Apple Computer Inc. The Opanki worm is distributed through an instant message that reads, "This picture never gets old." Clicking on a link in the message installs the virus, which was discovered on America Online Inc.'s IM service.

In the past, adware was distributed primarily by luring PC users to a website, which downloaded the software. Virus writers, however, are now getting more creative in distributing the malicious software.


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