Friday, July 02, 2010

Rube Goldberg trojan is the reverse of a DOS attack! (Vietnam-war era domino theory in action)

Here’s a new wrinkle: an atracker tries to drive traffic toward a site, a kind of reverse of the denial of service attack. A particular Trojan replaces a file suffix (with “.nak”) on any shortcut pointing to the Internet Explorer or Firefox browser (it could obviously be any browser). The result is that when the user clicks on the shortcut, the user winds up at a portal for a particular Chinese site, regardless of his own default home page settings. But of course the home user has an easy workaround immediately: just go to the command line. The article points out that shortcut files normally have extensions.

The Webroot Threat Blog article is called “Rube Goldberg Trojan Works Hard for the Hijack”, by Andrew Brandt, link here.

Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist, inventor and engineer who lived from 1883-1970, biographical link here.

You can entertain yourself with a Rube Goldberg dominion-spanning “domino theory” machine here. Maybe the worldview of Buckminster Fuller comes through here.

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