Revelation of Ideas through VB 2011 Conference
Virus Bulletin conference hosted in Barcelona, Spain during October 5-7, 2011 was leading unwary internauts to spiteful elements that can easily harm their computers, reports softpedia on October 8, 2011.
The attendants of Virus Bulleting generally discusses all the current developments and recent trends of malware including anti-virus, anti-spam, and web protection for Windows, Macs and mobile computer systems.
At least one tweet leading with the hashtag #VB2011 was discovered by researchers Doina Cosovan and Razvan Benchea of BitDefender that ultimately carried a link to a malicious payload. Even it is believed that the threat is a variant of Gen: Trojan.Heur.RP.
The tweet read "new from VB conference here:" followed by a shortened URL.
Though the URL seems to be harmless, but it invariantly takes a user to a file, VB2011.exe that ultimately turns out to be a downloader injecting the svchost process and attempting to download an installation file that cannot be stopped once started.
While connecting to various malware hosts the executable automatically opens all types of illegal sites in the Internet Explorer, while generating shortcuts in the desktops automatically.
However, the researchers can still visualize other such smart attempts from hacker masterminds who can invariably take over the devices and infect them with spywares jeopardizing all digital assets in dismay.
Researchers speculate that the initial rounds of malicious file injects code into an indispensable Windows process SVCHOST.EXE., which ultimately downloads another file, Installation.exe.
However, once the malicious file is launched, it becomes impossible to terminate it anyhow from the compromised machine. In fact, it instigates into opening innumerable adware, gameware and porn pages in the Internet Explorer in the browser of Internet Explorer.
Thus, security experts held the commencement of popular events as Virus Bulletin to be a great opportunity for exchanging malware information amongst acquaintances. In this particular case, as the threat is spread by tweet, it is quite difficult to notice the detailed infection behind the harmless bit.ly link.
In addition, the experts also claimed that they are quite hopeful that participants of such Virus Bulletin conferences must be well protected against virus threat in advance.
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