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Microsoft Windows users are the target of a particularly titillating new worm, which in turn is targeting Microsoft itself. “Watch Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt caught on TAPE! SEXY CLIP! WATCH IT!”, the email says. And apparently you’d be surprised by how many people can’t resist opening such an email (or maybe you wouldn’t – Aunty doesn’t want to know).
Once opened, of course, you don’t get to see Angelina and Brad doing monkey monkey at all. Instead you have just released a worm which is now going to use your computer to launch a DOS (Denial of Service) attack against Microsoft itself, in an effort to take down the Redmond giant’s security update website. Oh, and it will disable your own computer security, and send itself to all your contacts along the way.
Now, I know that you’re thinking “Gosh, Aunty, I’m really not one of those people who would open such email!” But some people do. And virus writers know their audience. Says security firm Sophos, “People’s appetite for salacious gossip is insatiable, and some may be tempted to run what appear to be pornographic movie files distributed across the Internet. However, virus writers have a long history of disguising their malicious code as this kind of content. Everyone should be very careful about what they choose to run on their computer.”
Absolutely. So remember, don’t run unsolicited porn on your computer, and the world will be a safer place.
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