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World Cup Virus Season Kicks Off

The FIFA World Cup 2006 tournament won't get underway in Germany until early June, but computer virus writers are already attempting to cash in on the planet's most popular sporting event with viruses aimed at deceiving eager soccer fans. ADVERTISEMENT Researchers at UK-based Sophos released notification of a new attack that infects Microsoft Excel files and has been disguised as a spreadsheet charting the national teams participating in the World Cup. Identified by the security company as XF97/Yagnuul-A, the virus lives in an Excel file that offers to help people set up fantasy sports competitions related to the international soccer championship, and also attempts to market itself specifically to fans of the English Premiership, one of the world's top professional leagues. Once the World Cup virus has infected a PC, it begins forwarding itself to other people using the corrupted machine and may also send itself to people listed in any e-mail client software on the device, Sophos said. ...

ยป PC Magazine - Matt Hines - 09-05-2006

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