TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Text Messaging Used as a Malware/Virus Lure

Text Messaging Used as a Malware/Virus Lure

Ryan Naraine (
Mon, 26 Jun 2006 13:15:44 -0500

Ryan Naraine - eWEEK

Botnet herders have found a crafty new way to lure computer users to
maliciously rigged Web sites-via text messaging on cell phones.

The latest social engineering trick is to send SMS (short messaging
service) alerts to mobile phones with a warning that the target has
subscribed to an online dating service that racked up expensive
charges on cell phone bills.

The message includes a URL for the user to unsubscribe to avoid the $2
per day charges.

According to a warning from anti-virus vendor CA, the URL points to a
Web site rigged with Win32/Bambo.CF, a Trojan horse program used by
identity thieves to hijack sensitive user information.

The fake dating Web site associated with the scam has been set to
entice targets into entering the phone number. At this point, it
attempts to load an executable file called "unregister.exe."

Interestingly, the Web page does not attempt to exploit any software
flaws. Instead, the attacker provides step-by-step instructions to
click the "Run" button on each warning page, providing an easy way
around the Internet Explorer security warning prompt.

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If the program is run, it installs the Trojan, CA said in its

At press time June 23, the malicious Web site was still active.

Websense Security Labs, a San Diego, Calif., malware research company,
said the bot is a variant of Dumador, a back door that opens two ports
and allows the computer to be remotely controlled by malicious

Dumador is controlled by a Web-based HTTP controller that is used to
send commands to botnets.

A botnet is a collection of hijacked computers used to send spam or
launch distributed denial-of-service attacks.

While bots are mostly controlled by IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
channels, researchers at Websense say Web-based controllers have
become popular with bots that are used to capture and transmit
keylogger information and to store user data.

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