Date: 18 February 2007
References: AU-2007.0006 AL-2007.0033
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A U S C E R T A L E R T
AL-2007.0026 -- AUSCERT ALERT
"Prime Minister heart attack" trojan
19 February 2007
AusCERT Alert Summary
Product: Microsoft Windows
Operating System: Windows
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
AusCERT has received reports, and has observed malicious emails
currently in circulation with a variety of subject lines,
"Current Australia's Prime Minister survived a hear attack"
"The life of the Prime Minister is in grave danger"
"Prime Minister survived a heard attack"
with a link to malicious websites, including:
AusCERT is in the process of analysing this trojan and no conclusive
information about payload is available at this time. However,
similar incidents have been known to install code designed to steal
online credentials and modify security settings.
Users should avoid clicking on any links in email, unless the email
was already expected. Unsolicited e-mail should always be treated
with suspicion. Additional countermeasures for protecting Windows
systems can be found on the AusCERT web site.
System administrators may wish to consider monitoring their proxy
logs for access to the following URLs, or blocking them completely:
Please note that the above urls have been intentionally modified.
At the time of publication, the malware payload is not widely
detected by most popular Anti-virus software.
The malicious email is HTML with content similar to:
--- BEGIN EMAIL SAMPLE ---
SYDNEY, February 18, 2007 08:56pm (AEDT) - The Prime Minister of
Australia, John Howard have survived a heart attack. Mr Howard, 67
years old, was at Kirribilli House in Sydney, his prime residence,
when he was suddenly stricken. Mr Howard was taken to the Royal
North Shore Hospital where the best surgeons of Australia are
struggling for his life.
Click on the link below to get the latest information on the health
of the Prime Minister:
The Australian - keeping the nation informed
John Howard was born on the 26th of July, 1939. Howard is Australia's
second longest serving Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Party
--- END EMAIL SAMPLE ---
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