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May 04, 2011

Cyber Crooks Launching Storm Worm Style Malware Attacks Warns BitDefender

In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death, BitDefender, the world leading Internet security solutions provider, has been monitoring malicious activity related to the subject that could compromise the security of the users’ PCs. In a release, the security software provider maintained that it has identified some of the “classical” threats building on the breaking news that could infect users’ systems.

In the release, BitDefender warned that the cyber crooks are staging malicious attacks in the now defunct Storm Worm style. The Storm Worm is a strain of malicious software that first surfaced in January 2007 via the videos of violent storm that swept through Europe at the time.

BitDefender went on to explain that immediately after the announcement of bin Laden’s death, generous amounts of fake news pieces related to the subject have started to flood search engine queries. The internet security provider warned that PDF exploits are expected to be infected with malware just the same way, the creators of the Storm Worm took advantage of the breaking news headlines to send malicious software through PDF files four years ago.

In the release, BitDefender urged users to be wary of any PDF file allegedly carrying breaking news, as these PDF files could infect the user’s system.

BitDefender also urged the users to be careful about the websites they visit, as the company suspects cyber-crooks in the fake antivirus business will also try to cash in on bin Laden’s death. To avoid this attack, BitDefender advises the users researching the subject to ensure the sites visit the sites from known and trusted news sources.

BitDefender warns that a series of websites hosted with free domain provider,, are heavily optimized for keywords such as “bin Laden death.” On clicking these links, a fake scanner page is expected to pop up and prompt the user to download a rogue antivirus utility. Thus, while looking for more information about Osama bin Laden’s death, users must ensure to visit known websites.

Newsletters could be another potential source for e-threats, warned BitDefender.  The company warns that users should take immediate notice, when a newsletter comes with attachment, for newsletters don’t come with attachments. In such cases, users should promptly delete the newsletters.

Last week BitDefender released a free USB Immunizer tool to protect against prominent Autorun-based malware threats.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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