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Venezuelan living in Italy busted for multi-million dollar virus phone calling scam

There is an interesting story in the Italian news media today about the Zelig worm that has been wreacking havoc on the European Internet scene You will have to excuse my translation of the Italian story into English. This latest worm, which is downloaded when you visit certain web pages, or chat rooms, puts a worm on to your computer and alters your Internet settings to use a dial out connection on the 889 international phone call exchange. In short, when you use what you think is your local dial-up for your ISP is in fact being routed through n ISP in Aruba, located in the Dutch Antilles. The trojan lures its victims with offers to download a screensaver that promised poetries’ and other ‘dark things’ supposedly related to Zelig, a book created by well known author Favio Oreglio. From October 24 to October 27, victims found their dial out phone number settings had been changed to the 889 international number, which charges users a fee per minute for each call. Police estimate that about 1000 users were cheated in Italy alone – says August Nuzzolo, coordinator of the investigation. Full Story

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