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Botvoice - Talks To Infected Users As It Deletes Files

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#1 harrywaldron


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Posted 10 July 2007 - 08:38 AM

This highly destructive virus damages the Windows environment extensively and infected users may need to rebuild their PC. This virus uses Microsoft Text-To-Speech (TTS) technology to repeatedly tell users their files are being deleted, which creates extra anxiety. Thankfully, this new trojan horse is not prevelant in the wild. Best practices and up-to-date AV protection will help ensure protection.

Botvoice Trojan - Computerworld Article

QUOTE: The program, called the BotVoice.A Trojan, was first spotted by security vendor Panda last week. It is a Trojan horse program, which the victim must download first. But once installed, it gets nasty. The Trojan soon sets to work trying to delete everything from the victim's hard drive, while at the same time endlessly repeating an audible message, apparently designed to taunt the victim. "You have been infected. I repeat, you have been infected, and your system files have been deleted. Sorry. Have a nice day and bye-bye," the Trojan says.

It does this by using a text-reading program that is part of the Windows operating system, Panda said. Users of Windows 2003, XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98 and 95 are all at risk. Unlike a virus, BotVoice.A does not jump from computer to computer on its own, but spreads via peer-to-peer networks or storage devices such as CD-ROMs or USB (Universal Serial Bus) memory drives. The Trojan is unusual because unlike most malware written these days, it appears to be designed to perform mindless vandalism

Additional Information on this new threat can be found in the links below:

McAfee Information (DAT 5067 or higher)

F-Secure Information

Symantec Information

Trend Information

Trend Behavior Diagram

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#2 tg1911


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Posted 10 July 2007 - 08:49 AM

Talk about, adding insult, to injury. :thumbsup:

Thanks for the heads-up, harrywaldron.
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