Computer virus targets Russian opposition

March 10th, 2012 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, March 10 (IANS) Opponents of Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin are being targeted through a computer virus sent by email, CNN reported.

“A wave of spam e-mails promoting a rally” against Putin is delivering the spyware as an attachment that appears to be a Word document. In reality, the file is a software programme known as “Trojan.Dropper”, said anti-virus software maker Symantec.

The e-mails began circulating around March 5, according to Symantec’s official blog.

The subject line in the e-mail call demonstrators to action with phrases like: “all to demonstration”, “instructions what to do” or “meeting for the equal elections”.

The body of the e-mail asks the recipient to open an attachment, saying it contains “need-to-know” information.

When the user opens the file, a document does actually open revealing an announcement for a supposed anti-Putin rally with a map indicating its apparent location. But at the same time, the file drops a Trojan horse virus onto the user’s computer, CNN said.

The Trojan also attempts to connect to IP address, located in Switzerland, and associated with another virus that once operated off a web address with a Russian domain name.

The virus then crashes the victim’s computer.

Symantec said the spam attack was “unusual — mainly because of its size”. These messages average 500 KB in size — 50 times the usual size of junk e-mails. “Most spam messages do not exceed 10 KB,” it said.

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