A new trojan Apher has been found on August 20th, 2002.
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It was distributed in email messages as follows:
From:[email@example.com] Subject:Protect Your NetWare with KasperskyTM Anti-Virus Body: "Kaspersky Labs, an international data-security software developer, announces the official release of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 4.0. "We are pleased to present the latest version of our anti-virus product. The unique technology, updated design, and perfected administering system integrated into Kaspersky Anti-Virus 4.0 is the result of many years of work dedicated to improving the ease of working with the program and increasing computer defense reliability," said Natalya Kaspersky, Kaspersky Labs CEO. The new Kaspersky Anti-Virus version (Personal Pro, Personal, Lite) fully supports the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. Amongst this versions latest innovations are: a complete user interface upgrade corresponding to Tree Chart technology; perfected system installation that allows for the saving the configuration of previously installed versions, and a quarantine feature for isolating infected and suspicious objects; expanded treatment of infected archived files; an added function for the treatment of Microsoft Outlook Express and objects upon system start up and also a memory scanning of active applications; and simplified operating features for disk recovery. Best regards, If you have any questions please call +1(866) 7280-290" Attachment: AAPRICES.EXE
Once the attachment is executed it downloads and silently executes from a Russian web site a file Slnew.exe. This file is new variant of Backdoor.Death.25. The backdoor provides access to the compromised computer for a remote attacker.
F-Secure Anti-Virus detects Apher Death.25 with the update published on August 20th, 2002:
Detection Type: PC