Re: [funsec] facebook messages worm

From: Gadi Evron <>
To: Juha-Matti Laurio <>
Cc: John C. A. Bambenek, GCIH, CISSP <>,,,
Subject: Re: [funsec] facebook messages worm

On Thu, 7 Aug 2008, Juha-Matti Laurio wrote:
> It has the following mechanism according to McAfee:
> They use name W32/Koobface.worm and Kaspersky (Kaspersky Labs originally 
> discovered this threat) uses name Net-Worm.Win32.Koobface.b.

This is going to *possibly* cause support line bottlenecks tomorrow.

This worm is somewhat similar to zlob, here is a link to a kaspersky paper 
on a previous iteration of it, they call it koobface:

The worm collects spam subject lines from, and then sends the users 
personal data to the following C&C:

I spoke with DirectNIC last night and the Registrar Operations (reg-ops) 
mailing list was updated that the domain is no longer reachable. That was
very fast response time from DirectNIC, which we appreciate.

The worm is still fast-spreading, watch the statistics as they fly:

The facebook security team is working on this, and they are quite capable. 
The security operations community has been doing analysis and
take-downs, but the worm seems to still be spreading.

All anti virus vendors have been notified, and detection (if not removal) 
should be added within a few hours to a few days.

For now, while users may get infected, their information is safe (UNLESS 
the worm has a secondary contact C&C which I have not verified yet).

It seems like some users may have learned not to click on links in email, 
but any other medium does not compute.


> More information here too:
> Juha-Matti
> "John C. A. Bambenek, GCIH, CISSP" [] kirjoitti: 
>> What's the infection vector?  URL Link?  Rouge Facebook app?
>> On Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 4:44 PM, Gadi Evron <> wrote:
>> > Hi all.
>> >
>> > There's a facebook (possibly worm) something malicious sending fake
>> > messages from real users (friends).
>> >
>> > The sample also has a remote drop site (verified by someone who shall
>> > remain nameless).
>> >
>> > This is possibly zlob, not verified. Thanks Nick Bilogorskiy for his 
>> help.
>> >
>> > Infection sites seen so far are on .pl domains.
>> >
>> > The AV industry will soon add detection.
>> > Facebook's security folks are very capable, so I am not worried on that
>> > front.
>> >
>> > It's not that we didn't expect this for a long time now, but...
>> > Be careful. Some users know to be careful in email.. but not on facebook.
>> >
>> > Note: unlike 2003 when we called everything a worm and the 90s when
>> > everything was a virus--this is a bot which also spreads/infects on
>> > facebook.
>> >
>> >        Gadi.
>> >
>> >
>> > --
>> > "You don't need your firewalls! Gadi is Israel's firewall."
>> >     -- Itzik (Isaac) Cohen, "Computers czar", Senior Deputy to the
>> > Accountant General,
>> >        Israel's Ministry of Finance, at the government's CIO conference,
>> > 2005.
>> >
>> >     (after two very funny self-deprication quotes, time to even things 
>> up!)
>> >
>> > My profile and resume:
>> >

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