Thursday, July 17, 2008

New internet worm

Maybe this is old news, but in case you haven't seen it, there's a new worm. Actually it's an old worm but they're upgrading it according to this story. The spammers send "news alerts" with fantastic headlines to your email account. If you click the link to read the story, it installs software that allows them to hijack your computer and use it to send more spam.

Here's a sampling of subject lines:
"Bill Clinton in today's Times - thank god Hilary didn't beat Obama."
“Beijing Olympics canceled upon the death of China's president."
"Obama bows out of presidential race."
"Scandal rocks Obama as lurid sex video leaked?"
"Dog digs grave for owner."
And perhaps the most fantastic of all:
"Oil falls below $100 a barrel."
"Oprah Winfrey survives horror highway crash."
"Michael Jordan confesses to relationship with Madonna a decade ago."
"Martha Stewart found unconscious in home."
"Obama challenges McCain to a marathon race to see who is fit as the commander-in-chief for USA."
"Scientists estimate oil to run out earlier than expected in 2012."
"Lindsay Lohan crashes brand new Lamborghini."

As always, don't click anything in your email that you didn't ask for, or weren't expecting, even if it's coming from an address you recognize. They could have been taken over by the worm.


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