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Wormy War Intelligence Infects PCs

Ganda.A worm tries to use the public’s interest in the pending invasion of Iraq to trick users into opening a malicious file. Virus and worm writers often use social engineering tactics to lure victims: promises of lurid celebrity photos, cash prizes, and even love letters. This week, at least one virus writer decided to tap into the public’s interest in information regarding the pending U.S. invasion of Iraq. The worm, commonly called Ganda.A, uses about 10 different subject lines and E-mail messages to trick users into opening the malicious file. According to antivirus firm Sophos, these include several that discuss President Bush and Iraq, including: Subject: Spy pics.Message: Here’s the screensaver i [sic] told you about. It contains pictures taken by one of the US spy satellites during one of it’s [sic] missions over iraq[sic]. If you want more of these pic’s [sic] you know where you can find me. Bye! Full Story

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