Michael Jacksons' unknown killer

July 2009 Information Security

A few new spam waves (four different strains) hit our inboxes since Michael Jacksons' death and guess who the main character was? Malware writers are fast at adapting news to spread their own evil creations or schemes and this event was no different.

1. Advertising sexual enhancement drugs

 The email body of this spam message looks like this:

Michael Jackson dead? NO!!!


The subject of the message is: Michael Jackson dead? NO!!!

2. Spreading malware

The body of this spam message looked like this:

Michael Jackson Was Killed...

But Who Killed Michael Jackson?

Visit X-Files to see the answer:


The subject of the message is: Who killed Michael Jackson?

 The file presented as 'the file with secret information' about Michael Jacksons' killer is nothing but a recycled ZBot, more specifically Trojan.Spy.Zbot.UI, detected as Trojan.Spy.ZBot.VG this time. ZBot is known to transform the infected machines into spamming relays, sending hundreds of messages without the users knowledge or consent, consuming valuable network and computing resources.

More details about about spam could be find on www.malwarecity.com

For more information contact Alina Anton, senior PR and marketing coordinator, EMEA and APAC Business Unit, Bitdefender, +40 212 063 470, aanton@bitdefender.com, www.bitdefender.com

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