New Year's e-Card Spread Waledac

Once the Waledac Trojan is installed, attackers get full access to a user's machine.

By Kara Reeder | Posted Jan 4, 2010
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According to F-Secure, cybercriminals behind the Waledac botnet used a New Year's-themed campaign to capture more victims.

SCMagazine reports that the spam messages contained the subject line "Happy New Year 2010”  and offered up a link for what the e-mail claims to be a New Year's greeting card. Only, the link directed users to a domain that attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Reader and Internet Explorer.

Once the Waledac Trojan is installed, attackers get full access to a user's machine and the ability to steal data from the PC. The infected system can also be used to download fake anti-virus programs, send spam, or participate in distributed DoS attacks.

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