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Pocatello residents alerted about e-mail containing child porn

The Pocatello Police Department (Idaho, USA) has issued an alert to local residents that a highly vicious e-mail, containing child porn, is attempting to gain entry into users' mailboxes.

The unsolicited e-mail tells the recipient to guard his children and suggests avoiding opening a given attachment if the person is sensitive. But curious users who still proceed to open the attachment would download a computer worm onto their systems.

Thereafter when the worm finds a place on a system, it begins to send itself through messages to other e-mail ids stored on the first computer's address book. In other words, the virus triggers a spam attack in which the malware proliferates through a cyclical method.

In the meantime, elucidating the e-mail's content, the Department's officials said that end-users who might attempt to view the e-mail would find a nearly 6-minute long movie, which displays a kid undergoing sexual exploitation.

The officials further add that the current e-mail worm wasn't making a first-time attack, as it had been inflicting the Net since 2005 during when no report of it was made, until now.

Moreover, Pocatello Police Department's Capt. Kim Ellis says that users who do not know about the source or person sending the e-mail to them must be careful prior to opening such an attachment for it could result in various kinds of things. Kpvi.com published this on July 9, 2009.

In the meantime, viruses can be easily spread through e-mails that have child pornography embedded on them. So the Department advised residents that if they got an e-mail of such malicious nature then they must contact their area agency of law enforcement as early as possible.

Also, to remain safe from being infected with the e-mail virus, security specialists suggested that users maintain up-to-date anti-virus software on their computers.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the same electronic mail has by now appeared a minimum of two times in Georgia that has been propagating via Hotmail accounts. Researchers, who have tracked the first e-mail to a PC located in the Dominican Republic, are now searching for the person behind the lewd movie.

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