possible virus threat

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    just passing this on in case it's true--



    > Virus alert...
    >
    > It is true!
    >
    > Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the
    > moment
    > that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not
    be
    > able
    > to fix it!!!
    >
    > This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe,
    but
    > mainly in the US and Israel.
    >
    > Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know.
    >
    > Confirmed at: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/osama.asp
    >
    >
    http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=description&virus_k=99686
    >
    > http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/o/osama.htm
    >
    > Origins: There are few headlines that would grab the attention of
    more
    > computer users around the world than "Osama bin Laden Captured," and
    > that's
    > exactly what whoever created this lure was counting on to snare
    > unsuspecting
    > victims who use Microsoft platforms.
    >
    > "Osama bin Laden Captured" isn't a virus in itself; it's the text of
    a
    > message that includes a link to a file called EXPLOIT.EXE. When a
    message
    > recipient clicks on this link to view what he thinks are pictures of
    Osama
    > bin Laden's capture, he can end up downloading an executable Trojan
    known
    > as
    > Backdoor-AZU, BKDR_LARSLP.A, Download.Trojan, Trojan
    > Proxy.Win32.Small.b,or
    > Win32.Slarp.< BR> Clicking the embedded link in the "Osama bin Laden
    > Captured" message auto-executes a file called "EXPLOIT.EXE," which
    > exploits
    > a known security hole to download the Trojan. According to McAfee
    > Security:
    > confirm at
    >
    http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=description&virus_k=99686
    >
    > The Trojan opens a random port on the victim's machine. It sends the
    Port
    > information to a webpage at IP address 66.139.77.145. The Trojan
    listens
    > on
    > the open port for instructions and redirects traffic to other IP
    > addresses.
    >
    > Spammers and hackers can take advantage of compromised systems by
    using
    > the
    > infected computer as a middleman, allowing them to pass information
    > through
    > it and remain anonymous.
    >
    > Microsoft has made available updates that close the hole exploited by
    this
    > Trojan.
    >
    > You can also check it here:
    > http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/o/osama.htm
    >
    >
     

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