Trojan-Downloader:W32/Agent.FDA

Threat description

Details

Category: Malware
Type: Trojan-Downloader
Platform: W32
Date Discovered: November 01, 2007

Summary

F-Secure has received multiple reports regarding a new trojan downloader that is being sent via e-mail to a large number of recipients. The trojan downloader is attached to a message claiming to be a critical security update from Microsoft.



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Technical Details

Trojan-Download:W32/Agent.FDA arrives via e-mail messages claiming to be a critical security update from Microsoft.The messages have an attachment named update.zip and inside the attachment there is a trojan file named update.exe. The spammed messages contain the following text:

Dear, customer  New bug in Windows Kernel was found. It makes your computer vulnerable. We strongly recommend you to install this Critical Update (in attacment).Best Regards, Microsoft Window Update.  

At the bottom of spammed messages there usually is a piece of random text, an attempt to bypass spam filters. Here is a screenshot of one of the spammed messages:

When extracted and run by a user, the trojan-downloader connects to a website and downloads more malicious components.



Detection

F-Secure Anti-Virus detects this malware with the following updates: Detection Type:PC
Database:2007-11-01_03




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