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July 11, 2005

'Spam Report' Trojan Spreading Quickly

A new onslaught of spam e-mails containing malicious Trojan software has been sent to up to 400,000 addresses. The Trojan e-mails claim to be from a member of the recipient's I.T. team warning that their system has been compromised and is distributing spam. The e-mails, which carry the subject line "Spam Report," were first detected at 3.25 a.m. July 7, 2005.

The attachment, which contains Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.arf, is a small executable report.log.exe file of 16 KB size. If executed, it downloads harmful content from an external Web site.

The e-mails use typical social engineering techniques designed to encourage recipients to download the Trojan attachment. The message body reads:

"Your e-mail account was used to send a huge amount of unsolicited spam messages during the recent week. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and confirm the attached document so you will not run into problems with the online service. If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to cancel your membership. Virtually yours, Network Administrator Team."

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