Berlusconi "murder" spam hides trojan

Security experts have warned of a new Trojan being spammed out disguised as a bogus BBC News report claiming that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been killed by terrorist.

Dloadr-ALM arrives attached to an email purporting to come from

The email, which claims that Berlusconi has been killed by an Israeli soldier, can have a variety of subject lines including 'Berlusconi la morte', 'Berlusconi di terrorismo', 'Berlusconi Tragedia', and 'Berlusconi di omicidio'.

The attached files are called, which contains an image of Berlusconi (silvio01.gif), and a malicious PIF file (silvio02.pif).
"The news report is of course false. Signor Berlusconi is very much alive, and launching the file will not show you a picture of the former Italian PM, but instead execute malicious code on your Windows PC," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

ยป - Robert Jaques - 18-08-2006

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