Terror kingpin used to spread malware

Security firms warn that users should look out for e-mails promising video of Osama Bin Laden, as it could contain a damaging worm, which uses the victim’s e-mail database to spread.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  November 8, 2004

Security firms are warning of a virus using interest in Al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden to spread itself. The Famus-F worm arrives in the form of a bilingual English and Spanish email, with the subject line: 'More terrorism this year.' The message body reads: 'Last speech from Bin Laden. Please forwards this video to everybody.' It includes a password 'cnn'. Hidden inside the virus is some Spanish text which translates into English as: 'This computer has been infected with the LIBERTAD (FREEDOM) virus. This is to protest against the violation of free expression rights. Now all the data in your hard drive is been erased The Hobbit.' This is not the first time that Osama Bin Laden has been used to spread malware. In July, we reported that a Trojan Horse hoax that promised photographic evidence that Osama Bin Laden has killed himself is in fact infected by the Hackarmy Trojan horse.

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