Flowers, Candy and a Virus

Ralph DeFrangesco

What are you going to get your loved one this year for Valentines Day? I usually go with flowers and candy. You know, the standard stuff. However, some people like to give viruses -- the kind that infect computers, that is.


Valentines Day is one of those days that drive IT security professionals crazy. It's something about the day that makes users do stupid things like opening e-mail that says, "I love you" or "From a secret admirer." Security researchers at Trend Micro and Panda have recently detected malware that will turn an unsuspecting users computer into the Waledec bot, delivered in an e-mail payload.


The Waledec bot is similar to Storm, the botnet released in 2007 and 2008, also targeting Valentines Day. Although the botnet is estimated to currently be small, roughly 10,000 machines, it is growing fast. Security professionals should work closely with their e-mail administrators to filter for this kind of e-mail. In addition, users need to be trained not to open e-mail, in the office or at home, that have suspicious subject lines.

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