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7,500 PCs in Vietnam Contaminated With Viruses

The volume of spam in Vietnam masquerading as communication from well-known courier firms like Express Post and DHL dispatched to users of e-mail rose remarkably during April 2011. The messages reportedly state that the packages will be returned that will reach the e-mail recipients within three days. There are both receipt and information codes attached to the messages, the e-mails claim. VTV reported this in news on May 4, 2011.

However, on extracting the condensed file attachment, users would find .doc, .pdf or text files. Expert analysis at BKAV revealed that in reality there was malware concealed in the attachment. Stated Head of Research Vu Ngoc Son at BKAV, the majority of PCs with default mode didn't display the extensions within file names, while simultaneously any file icon was usually displayed as a text file that conveniently duped users. VTV reported this on May 4, 2011.

Essentially, BKAV's latest report indicates that 7,500 or so PCs in Vietnam were contaminated with a virus named 'express service.' Once this virus is run, computers would lose control to its authors, or their owners get blackmailed else be converted into spam-distributing zombies.

Suggests BKAV to PC operators, they should establish their systems within the mode that lets the display of file names so that the malware can be easily identified.

Nevertheless, researchers at BKAV have lately conducted experiments based on which they concluded that it was possible to hack Windows 7 for abusing the inbuilt flaws so that the system could be eventually compromised.

States Internet Security Director Nguyen Minh Duc of BKAV, although Windows 7 is still safer in this respect compared to Windows XP, an end-user still requires adopting fundamental security practices. Essentially, for running any software it's most important to have the knowledge of its source, while unknown websites shouldn't be accessed. Vietnamnet Bridge published this in news on May 10, 2011.

Overall, BKAV has advised that PC operators need to routinely make their operating systems' error fixing editions up to date along with all other applications running on their systems. In particular they must utilize only authorized anti-virus software.

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