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G DATA Tracks Storm Botnet as It Tries to Cancel the Olympic Games in Beijing

Following rumours today about the outbreak of a 3rd World War and an alleged cancellation of the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, software security research experts at G DATA have uncovered that these messages are the work of the notorious Storm Botnet.

Guildford, United Kingdom, July 25, 2008 --( By referring to events and breaking news, cyber-criminals are working feverishly to raise the hit rate of infections while at the same time expanding the Storm botnet.

G DATA’s research labs, based in Bochum, Germany, are reporting the distribution of millions of mails worldwide – carrying the subject: ‘Beijing Olympics cancelled, moved to Atlanta’. Furthermore, a line in the body of the mail is announcing the crash of a Boeing passenger airplane in Michigan.

The link included in the mail points to a captured web server which originally belongs to a team of Argentinian industrial psychologists. The website displays a page full of porn videos. The website mentions that a particular video codec is necessary to correctly watch the videos.

Instead of “breaking news“ or porno movies, the malware file (Trojan.Downloader.Win32.Agent.vyi, amongst others) is installed, which will capture the infected system and connect it to the Storm botnet.

Along with the linked and faked web page, attackers have obviously hacked the whole website. When trying to browse the main landing page of the hacked domain, a drive-by-download is initiated: another attempt to install malicious code onto the victims' systems.

G DATA security solutions has detected this new threat and all current users of the G DATA suite of PC security solutions will be protected.


Notes to the Editor:

About Infinite Business Limited – The UK's exclusive distributor of G DATA products - Formed in 2005, the company is based in the heart of Guildford, a city well known for its connections to the PC software market. Boasting 25-years’ combined sector experience, the company is in an excellent position to make a big impact in the UK. As malware evolves, becoming more and more intelligent, Infinite is confident, following conclusive testing*, that the G DATA suite of PC security solutions will quickly outwit viruses, hackers and other malicious software faster than any of the competition.

About G DATA Software AG - G DATA Software AG is an innovative, fast-growing software house specialising in IT security solutions. As a specialist in Internet security and pioneer in the field of virus protection, the company, founded in 1985, developed the first anti-virus program over 20 years ago. In the past five years, no other European security software manufacturer has won more national and international licences and awards than G DATA.

Their products use the world's best security technology, emphatically underlining G DATA Software AG's quality leadership. This includes for example the DoubleScan engine, which uses two independent virus scanners to achieve the highest identification rates, or the OutbreakShield immediate protection system that can instantly recognise and attack viruses in mass emails even before updated virus signatures for them are available.

The G DATA product offering extends from security solutions for private users to protection for small, medium and large company networks.

G DATA security solutions are currently available in 16 countries worldwide. The company is headquartered in Bochum (Germany).

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