TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Symantec Security Alert

Symantec Security Alert

Symantec Security Department (
Fri, 26 Jan 2007 13:39:54 -0600

Symantec Security Response recently raised the risk level of
Trojan.Peacomm to a category 3 of a possible 5 threat levels, due to
the speed and volume in which it is being aggressively spammed across
the Internet. The Trojan, which was first spotted January 17, 2007 has
been raised to a higher category following a sustained increase in new
versions of the attack which appeared over the weekend as the malware
author responded to improvements in protection made by s
ecurity companies by adjusting his tactics.

Trojan.Peacomm is one of a number of spamming Trojan horse programs
Symantec has seen lately that appear to originate from Russia and are
clearly aimed at making money for the author by pumping up penny
stocks. The victim is enticed through social engineering techniques
to open an attachment, which typically appears to be a video clip on a
recent, newsworthy event.

The email itself will have no message body, but will have one of
several subject lines such as "A killer at 11, he's free at 21 and
kill again!," "Fidel Castro Dead," "Re: Your Text." For a complete
list of subject lines, please go to: .

Symantec's new technology, Symantec Online Network for Advanced
Response (SONAR), which is included in Norton AntiVirus and Norton
Internet Security, helped to detect an increase in activity around
supporting files dropped by Trojan.Peacomm early last week, before the
threat was seen in the wild.

We will closely monitor further information related to this threat,
and will provide updates and security content as necessary.

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