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Virus -- Osama Bin-Laden Email pictures
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>Don"t know if you've seen this before but it's worth sending, so be aware ------- HalViurus
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>Be advised, this one is real, not the typical internet hoax.
>It is confirmed at:
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> http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/osama.asp
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>Warning ------
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>Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment
>that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able
>to fix it!!!
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>This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe, but
>mainly in the US and Israel.
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>Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know.
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>Confirmed at: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/osama.asp
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>Origins: There are few headlines that would grab the attention of more
>computer users around the world than "Osama bin Laden Captured," and that's
>exactly what whoever created this lure was counting on to snare unsuspecting
>victims who use Microsoft platforms.
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>"Osama bin Laden Captured" isn't a virus in itself; it's the text of a
>message that includes a link to a file called EXPLOIT.EXE. When a message
>recipient clicks on this link to view what he thinks are pictures of Osama
>bin Laden's capture, he can end up downloading an executable Trojan known as
>Backdoor-AZU, BKDR_LARSLP.A, Download.Trojan, Trojan Proxy.Win32.Small.b,or
>Win32.Slarp.< BR> Clicking the embedded link in the "Osama bin Laden
>Captured" message auto-executes a file called "EXPLOIT.EXE," which exploits
>a known security hole to download the Trojan. According to McAfee Security:
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>The Trojan opens a random port on the victim's machine. It sends the Port
>information to a webpage at IP address 66.139.77.145. The Trojan listens on
>the open port for instructions and redirects traffic to other IP addresses.
>Spammers and hackers can take advantage of compromised systems by using the
>infected computer as a middleman, allowing them to pass information through
>it and remain anonymous.
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>Microsoft has made available updates that close the hole exploited by this
>Trojan.
 
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