New Trojan masquerades as Windows XP update
Security companies are warning Internet users about a new Trojan horse program spreading via spam e-mail and masquerading as a Windows XP software update from Microsoft.
The program, known as "Xombe" or "Dloader-L," arrives as an executable attachment in spam e-mail messages purporting to come from email@example.com and installs itself on victims' computers when users open the attachments.
Once installed, Xombe connects to a Web site, then downloads and installs another program, called Mssvc-A, which is a Trojan horse that conscripts victim computers in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Web pages, according to antivirus company Sophos.
Xombe is considered a low risk by most antivirus companies, including Sophos, Computer Associates International and Symantec. The program is not a worm or virus and cannot make copies of itself. Instead, it is distributed using spam e-mail messages.
By Paul Roberts at TechWorld.
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