Wednesday, February 13, 2008

don't open Valentine ecards




http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/
pressrel08/stormworm021208.htm

The FBI is warning us: DO NOT OPEN any Valentine's Day ecards. Or you may get a Storm Worm or other malware that will damage your computer or your company's network, turning them into zombie slaves for a malicious spammer botnet.

Ecards are cards that are "sent" via email, though you normally have to click on a link to visit a site to see the personal message "on" on the "card". This opens you up to computer viruses, spyware, or multi-payload Trojans.

If you must be old fashioned and use email, please disable HTML in your email client, and don't open any emails or attachments from strangers.



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If you unexpectedly receive a Valentine’s Day e-card, be careful. It may not be from a secret admirer, but instead might contain the Storm Worm virus.

With the holiday approaching, be on the lookout for spam e-mails spreading the Storm Worm malicious software (malware). The e-mail directs the recipient to click on a link to retrieve the electronic greeting card (e-card).

Once the user clicks on the link, malware is downloaded to the Internet-connected device [PC, laptop, etc.] and causes it to become infected and part of the Storm Worm botnet. A botnet is a network of compromised machines under the control of a single user. Botnets are typically set up to facilitate criminal activity such as spam e-mail, identity theft, denial of service attacks, and spreading malware to other machines on the Internet.


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