Valentine’s Day Worm Detected In Email Greeting Cards

A new worm has been detected by PandaLabs which is using Valentine’s Day to spread itself through email greeting cards. The network security company is calling it a new variant of the Waledec Storm worm.

A new worm has been detected by PandaLabs which is using Valentine’s Day to spread itself through email greeting cards. The network security company is calling it a new variant of the Waledec Storm worm. The worm itself creates a group of botnets by targeting victims through their email address.

“As is usually the case in this type of attack, Waledac.C spreads by email trying to pass itself off as a greeting card sent for Valentine’s Day to the targeted user,” Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs, said in a statement.

Valentine’s Day is usually the most common day for hackers to practice intrusions or the spread of viruses. The Waledac.C worm spreads by sending a fake Valentine’s Day greeting card using email. The recipient then clicks on a link to download the fake card which downloads the Waledec Storm worm.

“The email message includes a link to download the card. However, if the user clicks the link and accepts the subsequent file download they will actually be letting the Waledac.C worm into their computer,” Corrons said.

The malicious files are randomly named such as “youandme.exe”, “onlyyou.exe”, “you.exe”, and “meandyou.exe” and so on. To make matters worse, the e-card entices the user to click on a row of hearts or roses by stating, “Guess, which one is for you?” which then collects all the email addresses stored on a user’s computer. The worm then re-distributes itself by using the collection of e-mails.

“The fact that cyber-crooks keep using this technique year after year shows that as old as it may be, it still causes a large number of infections,” Corrons said.

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