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The New Malware of Love Storms Internet

On January 16, 2008, the experts at Sophos announced the widespread spammed e-mail, which is a love message, has spread all across the net in an attempt to install malicious code. According to the experts, the campaign of sending love messages to the users' computer has generated a Storm worm named Dorf Trojan. The love messages download more malevolent codes from net crafted to take control of the machine and convert it into a part of zombie network and exploit it to distribute spam. It also helps in luring users and directing them to malicious websites.

The spam love messages is sent with a love note on the subject line like "Our Love will last", "Our Love is Strong", "Falling in Love with You", "You're the One", and many more similar luring head lines.

As per Sophos, the e-mail is sent with a text message and a link. The link when clicked takes users to an IP address-based website. The website features a huge graphic representation of a heart. Sophos also reported that the malicious website comprised of a JavaScript code that tries to hide the malicious link to the malware binary from the automated users.

Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos, stated that love message malware has attacked the entire Internet world in huge scale. Graham further reported that the gang attack has been organized to make an attempt to steal the information from the PC for the criminal activities. The Storm worm attack has been spread in the Internet much before the Valentine's Day so that they can infect the gullible, and if the malicious code is allowed to run on the PC, it will hamper it completely, as reported by Tech.co.uk on January 16, 2008.

Sophos further stated that out of 12 love messages sent, one e-mail, or around 8% of the romantic mails, is infected with malicious code that will destroy the heart of the computer completely.

Graham concluded saying that as the safety and security of computer and its data is the first and foremost concern, users should be cautious of suspected love messages and adopt the up-to-date anti-virus protection software and use their common sense before accessing unknown messages.

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