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    Staying true to its “click-worthy” social engineering tactics via instant messaging applications, WORM_SOHANAD.U – the latest SOHANAD variant discovered by Trend Micro – sends out an instant message that hopes to coincide with MS Vista’s worldwide consumer release. The message reads:

    Microsoft to release 2007 free-of-charge packs of Winsdows Vista for its first 2007 online registered users: http://{BLOCKED}

    This message, however, is just an update of another SOHANAD variant’s message that was making the rounds of chats last November which reads:

    Screenshot of new windows version _ Windows Vista http://{BLOCKED}

    Again consistent with earlier variants, WORM_SOHANAD.U has a couple of other messages that when compared with its predecessors’ are also just updates or slightly different. It is also using the usual SOHANAD tricks of the trade: IE default page modifications, malware dropping, and Yahoo! registry alterations. Though just an update, so to speak, WORM_SOHANAD.U is proof that this malware family is very much alive and kicking. It is keeping up with the times and is showing no signs of stopping.

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