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"Bin Laden Captured" Email VIRUS WARNING

RamtinxxlRamtinxxl Member Posts: 9,480
edited July 2005 in General Discussion
Just got the following email from a friend...and it checks out on SNOPES...see below.

Warning Warning Warning Warning Warning Warning

Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to fix it!!!

The subject line will say "Osama bin Laden Captured".

This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe,
but mainly in the US and Israel.

Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know.

Confirmed at: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/osama.asp

Origins: There are few headlines that would grab the attention of
more computer users around the world than "Osama bin Laden Captured," and that's exactly what whoever created this lure was counting on to snare unsuspecting victims who use Microsoft platforms.

"Osama bin Laden Captured" isn't a virus in itself; it's the text of
a message that includes a link to a file called EXPLOIT.EXE. When a
message recipient clicks on this link to view what he thinks are
pictures of Osama bin Laden's capture, he can end up downloading an executable Trojan known as Backdoor-AZU, BKDR_LARSLP.A,
Download.Trojan, TrojanProxy.Win32.Small.b,or Win32.Slarp.< BR>
Clicking the embedded link in the "Osama bin Laden Captured" message
auto-executes a file called "EXPLOIT.EXE," which exploit known
security hole to download the Trojan.

According to McAfee Security:
The Trojan opens a random port on the victim's machine. It sends the
Port information to a webpage at IP address 66.139.77.145. The Trojan listens on the open port for instructions and redirects traffic to other IP addresses.
Spammers and hackers can take advantage of compromised systems by
using the infected computer as a middleman, allowing them to pass
information through it and remain anonymous.

Microsoft has made available updates that close the hole exploited by this Trojan.


As much as we'd all like to see this person captured (well, most of us, perhaps) the news of it won't likely get to us in this fashion.

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