Thursday, August 04, 2005 1:28:00 PM
by Tinka Boukes
|Not my own work but received this note from a friend
E-Mail Virus,E-Mail Virus,E-Mail Virus,E-Mail Virus
Subject: E-Mail Virus
Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden being hanged, captured, or
committing suicide are being sent and the moment that you open these
emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to fix it!!!
This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe,
but mainly in
the US and Israel.
Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know.
Confirmed at: <http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/osama.asp
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 lurews counting on to snare
unsuspecting victims who use Microsoft platforms.
"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,
TrojanProxy.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:
The Trojan opens a random port on the victim's machine. It sends the
Port information to a webpage at IP address 22.214.171.124. The Trojan
listens on the open port for instructions and redirects traffic to
other IPadresses. 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.
Microsoft has made available updates that close the hole exploited by