RE: New Trojan?

From: Kenton Smith (ksmith_at_chartwelltechnology.com)
Date: 06/29/04

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    To: "'Jeff'" <Jeff@Not_A_Real_Address.com>, security-basics@securityfocus.com
    Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 09:52:05 -0600
    
    

    Did you look at the hosts file? Sounds like some entries have been put in
    there.

    Kenton

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Jeff [mailto:Jeff@Not_A_Real_Address.com]
    Sent: Monday, June 28, 2004 1:15 PM
    To: security-basics@securityfocus.com
    Subject: New Trojan?

    PLEASE READ ... I feel violated and need much help, if not for
    the PC, for my nerves.

    The PC is a WinXP box, fully patched, routinely checked with
    Spybot 1.3 and AdAware 6. I run SpywareBlaster as well. I also
    use Thunderbird 0.6 and Firefox 0.8. All other family members
    run Thunderbird on this box. IE6 has not bee removed but is
    fully patched.

    Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition 9.0, AV file 6/25/2004 r19
    is running. (I purposely purchased the licenses at work for
    our home users also so that they WOULD stay up to date -- a
    practice I learned from Sprint a long, long time ago.)

    I use a Netgear FVS318 to interface to my Verizon DSL account.

    The events as they happened.

    1. My son read his email via the web. It included e-cards.
        He read them. Doesn't remember where they took him, nor
        does he remember if he used IE6 or Firefox.

    2. Long screaming session about things TO do and things NOT
        to do while on the internet. 278th time. Disabled his account.

    3. Mis-typing a URL will now take me automatically to
        www.netidentity.com with the mistaken URL clearly
        identified inside. Identical results on IE6 and Firefox.
        Java and Javascript are disabled on Firefox. I leave IE6
        alone because I use it when I absolutely must go to some
        bogus activex site, oh, and windowsupdate. But I don't use
        it otherwise. I always use Firefox.

        URLs that caused this include: mapblast, mapquest, abc, def
        ... through xyz.

        Please note: I had typed "mapblast" but had hit Enter rather
        than Ctrl-Enter, by mistake. The URLs entered are literally
        those listed, just the word.

        They are then transformed to http://mapblast/

    4. SAV CE, Spybot, AdAware, SypwareBlaster were all checked for
        updates and the entire system was scanned. Nothing found.

    ** My immediate thought was that Network Solutions was up to thier
    ** old tricks with it's Site Finder business. A quick check of
    ** another PC in the house eliminated that.

    5. I checked my syslogs and NULL routed the IP address being used
        to access www.netidentity.com. The same page comes up sans the
        graphics and the flash. The web page is still there though, just
        looking sad. Another check of the syslogs brings up 64.15.175.5
        as generating the pages, an open proxy.

    6. Also ran HiJackThis and went through ALL of the items on it.
        Nada. Couldn't find the IP addresses or domain names in the
        registry. I also ran them in reverse notation. Nada.

    7. Checked my network settings to make certain that some new DNS
        server wasn't stuck in. Nope, still set to use the Netgear box.
        Put 4 different DNS servers in -- still get that stupid site.

    8. That was all at lunchtime. Haven't had a chance to run netstat
        or Ethereal to gain any additional clues.

    ZOIKS!!!

    The PC is off. But NOT knowing what is going on is driving me insane.

    So while I <ahem> work this afternoon, I thought I would see if any
    of this sounds, smells or <insert fav sense here) like anything that
    anyone has seen before!

    Jeff

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