Monday, November 08, 2004

Bin Laden video spreads a worm for 'The Hobbit"

Security experts are warning that an email claiming to contain a video of Osama Bin Laden’s reaction to the US election, signed by The Hobbit, contains a worm.Antivirus firm Sophos is warning Internet users not to get duped into opening the attachment because it contains a new variant of the Famus worm.
The Famus worm affects Windows systems and tries to trick users into believing its' attached file contains a file – in this case a video – from events relating to the US military. Previous variants purported to contain a spreadsheet with information from the Pentagon and pictures of the Iraq war.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos said hackers and virus writers will try all kinds of tricks to entice people into running their malicious code.

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