Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Soccer.A takes active part in soccer

Avira warns against emails containing a soccer worm

Tettnang, 20 June 2006 – The whole world was happy about the peaceful way the World Cup games were running so far. Nevertheless, there are emails circulating since yesterday that refer to hooligans who are supposed to have killed several teenagers. According to the German security expert Avira, the headlines, which are supposed to be current, were cooked up in order to spread the new worm Soccer.A on a large scale.

The infected emails are written in English only. Furthermore, they can be recognized on the basis of the following characteristics:

Potential subjects:
  • Crazy soccer fans
  • Soccer fans killed five teens
  • Naked World Cup game set
Typical sender:
  • hotnews@cnn.com
  • todaynews@cnn.com
The content of the emails is as follows:

"Crazy soccer fans killed two teens, watch what they make on photos. Please report on this all who know." and "Soccer fans killed five teens, watch what they make on photos. Please report on this all who know."

The worm activates itself and downloads other malware on the PC as soon as an email recipient clicks on the photos that are supposed to be attached. Moreover, the harmful program monitors the computer and deactivates different processes such as security applications and system tools. The affected systems are Windows operating systems running on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows 2003.

“We were pretty sure that there would be an attack during the World Cup. Therefore our virus lab was well prepared to meet the intruder, explains Gernot Hacker, security expert at Avira. “Events like this are perfect occasions for the virus programmers: the whole world is going crazy about soccer and all news are about the soccer games. This is why the emails referring to this particular event are spreading even faster.

The users of Avira AntiVir are completely protected against the worm Soccer.A. Moreover, the current version of the antivirus also contains the new heuristics AHeAD, which managed to detect the worm even without the corresponding signature. The free version of the software is available  at: www.free-av.com

The full virus description can be found at: http://www.avira.com/en/threats/section/fulldetails/id_vir/2143/worm_soccer.a.html

About Avira

Avira (formerly H+BEDV) is one of the pioneers in the IT security area. The security specialist has been developing as from 1988 cross-system security solutions for business and private customers under the brand name AntiVir. Some of these customers are leading national and international companies, various educational institutions as well as public entities.

The product portfolio comprises high-performance security solutions for workstations, file servers, web servers and mail servers as well as for PDAs and smartphones. The acquisition of the datapol technologies in 2006 provides Avira with additional leading technological solutions to protect and recover systems. The company doesn’t only have a wide range of products in the Windows environment; it is also one of the technology leaders in the UNIX market. Moreover, the company introduced the first SAP certified security solution for SAP NetWeaver in 2005 on the market.

The Avira AntiVir scanner is awarded the VB 100% on a regular basis. The high competence of the company in the IT security area is also documented through the close collaboration with the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

The Avira security solutions can be obtained from the numerous Avira resellers, who represent and distribute the products all over Europe and abroad.

Company Contact:
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Email: press@avira.com

Press contact:
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About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.