posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 03:01 PM
A new virus is making rounds in usenet groups and chatrooms. The message claims to contain a .zip file of photos from CNN showing Osama bin Laden
hanging himself; the file, though, contains the malicious Trojan virus
." This virus turns an infected machine into a
"zombie" which allows remote access and allows it to be used for illegal activities like sending spam email and launching DDOS attacks.
The message, which has been posted on several Internet newsgroups, claims to contain pictures taken by CNN journalists of bin Laden committing
suicide. But once the supposed picture file is opened, it installs a Trojan horse that effectively recruits the infected machine into the author's
army of "zombie" PCs--already-infected machines that can be controlled surreptitiously from afar. The zombified computers can then be used to
distribute spam or launch denial-of-service attacks.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I've seen a tremendous number of these messages posted to Usenet groups today with the subject line "Osama Found Hanged." They appear to come from
Ivy League email addresses, including Harvard and Princeton Universities. The text of the message reads:
Osama Bin Ladin was found hanged by two CNN journalists early Wedensday evening. As evidence they took several photos, some of which i have included
here. As yet, this information has not hit the headlines due to Bush wanting confirmation of his identity but the journalists have released some
early photos over the internet..
A link is included which, if clicked, downloads a .zip file containing the virus.
As always, ensure you have up-to-date virus protection on your computer, and use caution when clicking links or downloading files in emails or
messages you don't recognize.
[edit on 23-7-2004 by Banshee]