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New And Improved Storm Botnet Morphing Valentine's Malware
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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 12 February 2009 12:45
Waledac, formerly known as Storm, tries to keep a lower profile while it expands

Feb 11, 2009 | 02:29 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading

The botnet formerly known as Storm is ramping up its ability to evade detection by automatically generating thousands of different variants of its malware each day as it spreads and recruit more bots.

Waledac -- the new and improved Storm -- is using its favorite holiday, Valentine's Day, to spread the love with signature phony greeting cards and romance-themed email that Storm so infamously spread in the past. "Over the last 24 hours, we've seen over 1,000 new variants [of Waledac code]," says Pierre-Marc Bureau, a senior researcher with Eset, which expects Waledac to eventually pump out thousands of variants a day. "It was a bit lower than what we are expecting. It may not have reached many of our clients yet." That said, it's still a big jump from the around 10 new versions a day Eset had seen the botnet creating, he adds. [Comments...]
 

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