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Caitlin covers social media, marketing and technology and is BRW's social media editor. She has worked as a journalist in Sydney, London and San Francisco, writing for titles including The Guardian and The Australian Financial Review.

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Azaria Chamberlain case used in malware attack

Published 15 March 2013 12:01, Updated 15 March 2013 16:50

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The sad case of Azaria Chamberlain and the dingo has resurfaced in a computer virus that is making the rounds.

Security firm FireEye has described the technical details of the malware in a blog post.

The virus is spreading by email and using the names of companies or projects to target the attack.

FireEye’s director of research Rob Rachwald, based in California, told BRW all the malware samples studied by his company contained a link to a CNN story about the Azaria Chamberlain inquest.

“It could be a way for the attacker to identify their own malware – if you think about how at the scene of the crime you might find a Pink Panther glove to tell you that the Pink Panther took your diamond,” Rachwald says.

“If it’s a signature, then it could be possible that it means the attacker could be Australian or has an interest in Australia, but that’s a really tough stretch to make.

“What I think is more likely is that the link sends people to a page that at one point had a vulnerability on it and it was where the malware was hosted.”

Rachwald says that data theft was the most likely purpose.