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Twitter Koobface spreads unhindered

Blocked hosts replaced with brand new Web pages holding the same worm

It seems that Twitter’s initial attempt to block accounts
and remove the malicious payload from its hosts in the cloud failed lamentably.

The worm that infects systems via spam tweets simply changed
its base. The tinny URLs displayed in the automatically generated feeds are now
directing to other Web pages, allegedly displaying the same “My home video :)”,
which is none other than the same variant of Koobface.

 

Facebook and Twitter Malware

 

Otherwise said, “E.T. call different homes”, turning the entire thing into some sort of tweetsted “hide and seek” security game,
as you can see below.

Twitter malware

koobface

The nasty part is that unless you don’t have a security
solution up and running to block Koobface in the first place, chances are for
you to end up with a compromised system and a suspended Twitter account.

About the author

Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.