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Storm Worm hits computers around the world

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 20, 2007 in Technology
As if the worst storm in years wasn't enough, virus writers decided to add insut to injury.
Well, well, those lovely people who spend hours locked in their basements like little trolls dreaming of ways to screw the rest of the computing public have now sunk to a new low. Virus writers have started to use the raging European storms to attack thousands of computers in an unusual real-time assault, head of research at Finnish data security firm F-Secure (FSC1V.HE: Quote, Profile , Research).
The virus, named "Storm Worm" has been sent to thousands of e-mail addresses around the world with a subject line saying "230 dead as storm batters Europe". There is an attached file that contains malware that can infiltrate your computer system.
"What makes this exceptional is the timely nature of the attack," Mikko Hypponen, head of research at F-Secure said.
Hypponen says that thousands of private users around the world will have been affected and that most users will not notice the malware, or trojan. What is does is create a back door to your computer that can be exploited at a later date to steal data or to use your computer to post spam!
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