Puter virus, anything related to Bin laden

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  1. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    Just received this info - avoid opening anything related to Bin-laden, regardless of the stated source, CNN declare it a viscous virus.
     
  2. MoonShine

    MoonShine Fire On The Mountain

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    Thanks for the warning!
     

  3. KindredSpirit

    KindredSpirit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for letting us know!
     
  4. ladycat

    ladycat Chicken Mafioso Staff Member

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    This one? http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/osama.asp

    Status: Real, but outdated

    In July 2004 a message claiming to offer links to photographs of Osama Bin Laden's suicide was spammed to multiple newsgroups. The links actually tricked users into opening a file that installed the Backdoor.Hacarmy.D trojan horse.

    In June 2005, similarly-themed e-mail message claimed to offer images of the capture and arrest of Osama bin Laden scanned from news videos and collected in an attached ZIP file, but the attachment actually harbored a version of the Psyme Trojan.

    Both trojans were easily detected and removed with updated virus protection software, and neither Osama message is circulating widely or poses much of a threat to PC users any more.
     
  5. caberjim

    caberjim Stableboy III

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    Did it say - don't open attachment, it will burn your entire C drive to nothingness. CNN called it worse virus ever. McAfee and Norton say there is no cure. So on and so forth.

    If that's the one, its a hoax that has been circulating in various forms for many years. Rears back up at least once a year.

    The funny thing is that it gets to act like a virus without actually being one. Instead of having to infect a computer and then mail itself out to everyone in the address book, it relies on people believing they need to warn the rest of the world without checking the legitimacy so that they forward the e-mail on their own to everyone in their address book. Basically, it makes you the virus engine. Clever. Even with the world wide web at their disposal, most people never bother to verify.
     
  6. insanity

    insanity Well-Known Member

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    Wife says theres one called (Invite and/or Invitation) Going around to_Or so she herd. :shrug: