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NEWS: Bin Laden e-mail hides virus

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posted on Jun, 5 2005 @ 05:43 AM
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A new virus has been reported by major anti-virus companies. One message claims to have pictures of Osama Bin Laden being captured, while another directs the user to a web site claiming to have video footage of his capture.
Users viewing the attachments or visiting the website will get a version of the Psyme Trojan installed on their PC.
 



news.bbc.co.uk
Users are being warned not to open junk e-mail messages claiming Osama Bin Laden has been captured.
The messages claim to contain pictures of the al-Qaeda leader's arrest but anyone opening the attachment will fall victim to a Microsoft Windows virus.

Since 1 June anti-virus companies have been catching the junk mail messages in large numbers.



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Having just found this news, i am surprised that the major anti-virus companies have not informed its subscribers of the threat even though the date shown on the news item is the 3rd June.
Most people are vigilant enough not to open anything that looks suspicious, although any news claiming the capture of Osama Bin Laden would undoubtedly attract attention from people to view the mail.

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posted on Jun, 5 2005 @ 08:50 AM
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McAfee is calling it W32/Bobax.worm.o
Here is a link:
W32/Bobax.worm.o
If your system is up to date with it's security patches then this wormk is harmless and cannot infect your machine. It is using an old exploit that was patched last year in August. there is a link to get the patch on the McAfee weblink above.
That is why you are not seeing other AV vendors making a bunch of noise on this one. Most AV vendors are only considering this as a Low risk for both corproations as well as home users.



 
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