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Computer Virus Feeds on Appetite for Items Related to Iraq War

A new computer virus is luring victims with claims of satellite photos from spy planes and screensavers mocking the U.S. president. The Ganda computer worm arrives via e-mail, posing as a war-related letter from a friend. Several different versions of the worm exist, each with a different Iraq-inspired message in English or Swedish. The message encourages the recipient to run a computer program attached to the email by asserting it’s a satellite photo of Iraq or a cynical screensaver about George W. Bush. But the program is actually computer code that activates the worm. Once the e-mail recipient runs the malicious software, the worm tries to disable any anti-virus and security software running on the infected machine. The worm also e-mails itself to everyone in the computer’s address book and sends messages to several Swedish addresses. Full Story

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