New Email-Aware Worm Poses As False Breaking News Story
Security Company Sophos is alerting cybernauts about the latest email-aware worm that impersonates several fake breaking news -- such as, flare-up of a nuclear war and the demise of George W Bush and Vladimir Putin - in an effort by cyber-terrorists to affect computers and thieve data.
The day when the Republican Party confronts unsatisfactory outcome in the US mid-term polls, the Dref-N worm embeds itself in emails with headings like 'White house news!' 'Unbelievable news' or 'Attention Everyone!'and tries to lure email users into opening a malevolent attachment. These attachments profess to contain the inside information of a leading news article.
Clicking open the attachment incapacitates the Windows firewall, affecting Windows computers with programs that permit cyber-terrorists to thieve classified details. Corrupted computers replicates and mass produces these worms, which are then communicated to links gleaned from exposed computers.
"End users may presume that they are getting these emails from their pals, family and co-workers, but actually it is a malevolent program that has affected the dispatcher's PC and circulated the content," alleged Graham Cluley, Sophos' senior technology advisor.
The worm is circulating in the wild, though discreetly. Though anti-virus companies grade it as a low risk infective agent, yet it advises users to be careful. Whereas several of these news baits may seem absolutely unbelievable, it's remarkable how numerous users nevertheless let enticement to defeat them and clicks open the attachment.
The politicians of the United States of America and Russia join a league of celebrities whose names has been reined-in to lure malicious software strikes. These malicious software masquerading as photos showing the demise of both Saddam Hussein (the Bobax-H worm) and Osama bin Laden (the Small-AXR Trojan) have attacked the Internet over the past couple of months. Proposal of sexy images of Anna Kournikova and Jennifer Lopez, along with some other stars, have also been employed to entice the unsuspecting.
The plain suggestion is that if you are suspicious of a breaking news article, switch on the television or go to your preferred news site to check out if the veracity of the so called breaking news stories.
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