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Romania’s President Traian Basescu Quits- Latest Topic of Virus Attack

Bit Defender issues a warning about a latest malicious software distribution scheme that employs the alleged resignation of President Traian Basescu of Romania to contaminate users' computer nosy.

The Trojan appears as an electronic mail, which apparently comes from central press to television Antenna 3, declares the resignation of President and promising clips presenting the reaction of the Minister of Tourism to the news.

The starting of the email is very catchy, with subject line mentioning "Traian Basescu resigns!" It contained the message which says that Romanian president Traian Basescu has publically declared on January 16, 2012 at an emergency press conference that he would resign during the week. It continued that a large group of people would arrive in the capital from across the country to rejoice this triumph. It also offered a link to see the reaction of Elena Udrea jacket.

The link points at an image, which is indeed an executable file-- jpg.exe. After opening the image, the victim's computer will be infected by a backdoor that is recognized as Trojan.Agent.ATWK by Bit Defender. The malware permits the hackers to control victim's machine.

According to Bit Defender's security expert Bogdan Botezatu, this latest con is very similar to the one that took place in July that notified the death of rapper Enimen and association of President Basescu in an accident. Such messages take advantage of users' inquisitiveness in a matter of national interest. Using such tricks, they take control of computers and make use them for illegitimate purpose, according to softpedia's news dated January 17, 2012.

The security experts opine that for a malevolent plan to do well, it is not essential that the news would always be genuine. If the subject is interesting, then there are very high chances for a big number of innocent users to get trapped.

Protests and death of national leaders and politicians, which catch the attention of people, are always a good chance for hackers to progress, they said. They also suggested users to cross check a story's legitimacy before moving to check out such links and files which drop in with unwanted emails. The users should also keep their security solutions updated to stay away from such troubles.

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