New viruses have new powers

By Derek Sooman on
A new variant of the Sdbot mass-mailing worm is doing the rounds, but this one has a novel twist - it installs a network sniffer in order to grab unencrypted passwords.

"The innovation is the use of a network sniffer to monitor traffic on the LAN (local area network). The sniffer looks for logins for system administration, banking sites and PayPal accounts, filtering traffic with a list of common strings.."

Like other Sdbot variants, worm_sdbot.uh installs numerous backdoor capabilities on an infected machine, allowing a remote attacker to issue commands on the system

On the other hand, new worm Amus uses Windows XP's built-in speech engine to inform users they are about to be infected! Some truly scarey stuff coming on the virus front these days.

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