Last Updated: 2008-08-17 21:43:58 UTC
by Kevin Liston (Version: 1)
The spoofed CNN and MSNBC messages from last week have altered a bit, taking on a more generic approach.
The subject of the message is still: BREAKING NEWS.
Michael has been tracking these botnets for a while, his work is available here: http://www.vivtek.com/projects/despammed/stormspam.html.
Like the others, this first stage is a downloader, still readching out to 188.8.131.52 to get the rest of the goodies. Unlike the previous waves, the first executable is named install.exe instead of adobe_flash.exe. So there's a little something different to search for in your proxy logs.