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Virus spate makes love-hungry vulnerable

A recent surge of viruses – three new discoveries only yesterday – puts users at risk, particularly on Valentine’s day when people are more likely to open unsolicited mail in the hope of a secret tryst. Today’s Valentine special comes in the form of an email from cupid@valentines-ecard.com, which tells the recipient they have a card waiting for them at a Web site. When the site is visited, the viewer is invited to download their card as an executable file. However, as well as a statement of love, the victim also unwittingly installs spyware that will track their surfing habits. ‘This appears to be an unsophisticated attempt to spread a little love, but with an unusual payback – potentially useful marketing information about users’ internet surfing habits,’ said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus. ‘Companies may want to consider blocking executable code at their email gateway and advise their staff to accept love letters only through more traditional, romantic routes.’ Full Story

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