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Writers of Viruses Get Politics Bug

The war hasn’t spawned new viruses. Instead, the same old viruses are being sent with new subject lines in the e-mail, said Roger Thompson, director of malicious code for Herndon, Va.-based anti-virus specialist TruSecure. Computer viruses that a couple of weeks ago promised photos of naked women as an enticement may now claim to have a satellite photo of the war scene in Iraq. If you get an e-mail that mentions Iraq in the subject line, be doubly cautious. It may contain a computer virus. Anti-war demonstrators have clogged Hyde Park in London and jammed city streets in America and across the world. Others wanting to make a strong political stand are using computer viruses as a high-tech protest sign. Some viruses are being sent as a way to protest or support the war. Other senders could care less about politics and use the mention of Iraq as a way to capture the interest of computer users. It’s a way of making sure they will open the e-mail attachment carrying the virus. Full Story

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