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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Bin Laden Computer Virus

Messages being posted to Usenet groups and message boards, entice users to download malicious files by using a pitch that could peak the curiosity of all of us. According to the Internet security firm, Sophos, here's the story:

"Osama Bin Ladin was found hanged by two CNN journalists early Wedensday evening. As evidence they took several photos, some of which I have included here. As yet, this information has not hit the headlines due to Bush wanting confirmation of his identity but the journalists have released some early photos over the internet."

Once a user has downloaded and opened the file, their computer is infected with the Hackarmy Trojan horse. The trojan relays vital information to a hacker such as IP address, system up-time and system information then allows the hacker to take control of a pc. Infected computers may be used for malicious purposes such as denial of service attacks and virus dissemination among other things.

What I do is kick them in the pants with a diamond buckled shoe!
~~Aileen Mehle~~

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