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Microsoft.com Is New Target for Network Worm "Double Whammy"

MyDoom.O and Google/Lycos/Altavista/Yahoo! attacks were maybe just the beginning, say experts.

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    According to the Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure, yesterday's MyDoom.O (or MyDoom.M) attacks on Google, Yahoo!, Altavista, and Lycos are part of a double whammy involving a new worm called Zindos. And the target of Zindos appears to be the Microsoft.com Web site.

    "Zindos and Mydoom.M work together," F-Secure reports this morning. "Mydoom.M laid out the path by infecting a large number of systems and preparing a list of them. Zindos hitches a ride on the Mydoom highway. It uses the lists and the backdors, prepared by Mydoom.M, to quickly spread and hit its target, which is www.microsoft.com."

    Zindos first arrives through the MyDoom.M backdoor, F-Secure explains. When uploaded to the victim, the worm file is dropped to the TEMP folder with a random name. The file is added to the registry as either of

     [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
       "Tray" = "%TEMP%\<random_name>.exe"
    

     [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
       "Tray" = "%TEMP%\<random_name>.exe"
    

    To propagate itself, Zindos then uses the list of compromised computers collected by the MyDoom.M backdoor. The worm goes through the list and uploads itself with the corresponding command through the backdoor.

    The so-called "payload" of Zindos is a Distributed Denial-of-Service routine that downloads http://www.microsoft.com/ in an infinite loop with 50ms delays. The AP notes however that experts don't at present believe such a DDoS attack will "significantly" disrupt the Redmond giant's site performance.

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