NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, May 25, 2006

Tickets for the World Cup? Posted by Katrin @ 11:41 GMT

Tickets for the World Cup? No, this time it is a virus.

There is a new mass mailing worm called Banwarum (also known as Zasran and Ranchneg) that is using World Cup themed email messages. The worm sends itself as a password protected archive and includes in the email the password for it. The emails sent by the worm are in German and some of them offer tickets for the football games in Germany next month.

There are already three functionally similar variants of this worm. FSAV detects .A and .B variants of the worm with update version number 2006-05-24_04 and variant .C with update version number 2006-05-25_01. One of the emails sent by the worm looks as follow:

"Hi man,

ich hab gesehen, das du zu WM wolltest, frag nicht wer ich bin und warum ich es mache. Hier hast du 5 Stueck, das ist eine spezielle Online Version, drueck es aus und unterschreib. Password zu dem Archiv lautet (psw)

Mfg Niemand ;)"

This means in English:

"Hi man,

I saw that you want to go to the World Cup. Don't ask who am I and why I am doing this. Here you have 5 pieces, which are a special on-line version, print it and sign. Password to the archive is (psw).

With friendly greetings Nobody ;)"

Thanks to Sasho for the translation.

For more information on the World Cup and the tickets see the official site for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany