Virus Writer Targets AV Vendors

A virus writer apparently seeking notoriety instead of financial gain has released malicious code that ridicules anti-virus vendors and Sasser worm author Sven Jaschan, a security firm said Friday.


The Lebreat-D virus, which is rated a low threat, creates in infected computers a JPEG image file of Jaschan, a German teenager recently convicted of authoring the widespread Sasser and Netsky worms, Sophos Plc said.


The Lebreat worm, which is spread through email attachments and exploits a Microsoft security vulnerability, opens a backdoor to an infected Windows computer, enabling a hacker to gain control. The virus indicates that a denial of service attack could be planned against security vendors Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc., but doesn’t say when, Sophos said.


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