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Terror Hits London Trojan

by Brett M. Christensen

Soon after the London terrorist bombings in July 2005, unscrupulous individuals began using the outrage for their own nefarious ends. Symantec Security Response reports that a trojan began spreading via email shortly after the bombings. The email carrying the trojan arrives in HTML format and masquerades as a CNN story about the attack. The subject line of the malicious email is “Terror Hits London”.


An attachment to the email supposedly contains amateur video footage of the London Underground soon after the attack. In reality, the attachment holds a trojan. Opening the attachment will install this trojan on the recipient’s computer. Once installed, the trojan can be used by spammers to send spam email from the infected machine. The name of the attachment is “London Terror Moovie.avi (124 spaces) Checked By Norton Antivirus.exe”

The large number of spaces in the file name and the spurious reference to Norton AntiVirus are included to hide the true nature of the file.

Scammers have also used the London bombings as an excuse to falsely solicit donations for victims.

Other scam or malware emails may follow in the coming weeks. Be cautious of any unsolicited emails pertaining to the London terrorist bombings.

References:
Symantec – Trojan.Spexta
F-Secure Virus Descriptions : Delf.h


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer