Storm botnet drops strippers, switches to New Year’s greeting

Just a day after unleashing spam featuring Christmas strippers, the Storm botnet switched gears yesterday and began duping users into infecting their own PCs by bombarding them with messages touting the new year, said security researchers.According to U.K.-based Prevx Ltd. and Symantec Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., the botnet of Storm Trojan-compromised computers started sending spam with subject headings such as “Happy 2008!” and “Happy New Year!” late on Christmas Day. The messages try to convince recipients to steer for the Web site to download and install a file tagged “happy2008.exe,” said researchers at both firms.

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