Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global
network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have warned
workers returning from the New Year holidays to be wary of internet
attacks taking advantage of the celebrations.
New versions of the Dorf worm (also known as Storm) have stopped
using the lure of Santa Claus's
wife doing a striptease and in recent days posed as Happy New
The latest malicious email campaigns contain links to websites
containing malware, and have used a wide variety of subject lines
A brand New Year 2008
Blasting New Year 2008
Dance to the New 2008 Year tune
Happy New Year 2008 to the one I love
New Year 2008 Wishes
The New Year has arrived
"Many people will be returning to their desks this morning after
a lengthy break for Christmas and New Year to a brimming bundle of
unread emails. The danger is that the holiday hangover will make
them less careful about which messages they click on," said
senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Anyone clicking on a
mystery weblink or an unsolicited email attachment is putting their
computer at risk of being taken over by hackers for the purposes
for illegal ends. Everyone needs to make their New Year's
resolution to take computer security more seriously in 2008."
Sophos experts note that this is not the first occasion on which
hackers have exploited new year festivities to try and spread their
malware. For instance, three years ago another worm, Wumark-D,
itself in an unusual Happy New Year message in the form of a
photograph of naked bodies.
Sophos recommends companies protect themselves with a consolidated solution which can control network access and defend
against the threats of spam, hackers, spyware and viruses.