Turf War

Malware which comes with its own "hosts" file to install in \system32\drivers\etc\hosts is pretty common. Usually, these changes are made with the intention to keep the infected system from updating its virus pattern files and OS patches - eg. by adding an entry that makes "update.microsoft.com" resolve to (localhost), and hence prevents the updater from connecting.

A malware sample that we analyzed earlier today pulled a hosts file from txt<dot>kxwii<dot>com/ad.jpg.  The file contains 200 or so domains that are reconfigured to point to  ... but, surprisingly, not domains of commercial software. Rather, it looks like a turf war is in progress between malwares, and this particular species tries to null out the connections of the competition.

Now if only they could find a way to fight each other directly, without involving us bystanders at all :).



385 Posts
ISC Handler
Feb 23rd 2009
Or we could all install a piece of malware from each 'gang' and we should end up protected against all of them...

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