Valentine virus warning

Experts at US-based security firm PandaLabs are cautioning web users to be wary of Valentine's Day e-mails and e-greeting cards as they might contain viruses that could wreak havoc on PCs.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  February 12, 2007

Experts at US-based security firm PandaLabs are cautioning web users to be wary of Valentine's Day e-mails and e-greeting cards as they might contain viruses that could wreak havoc on PCs. The warning comes after the firm detected an increase in a worm it dubbed 'Nurech.A'. According to PandaLabs, this recently unleashed threat hides in e-mails with subjects like: 'Together You and I', 'Til the End of Time Heart of Mine' and 'Heart of mine'. The name of the attached file carrying the worm is, according the PandaLabs, always an executable file and has names such as flashpostcard.exe or greetingpostcard.exe. "As Valentine's Day approaches this year we are already seeing a proliferation of computer threats and spam using this lure", stated PandaLabs' technical director Luis Corrons. "As a general rule, don't open any suspicious email, regardless of what is says it contains. Instead of going on instincts, let a security solution decide whether it's safe to open it or not," concluded Corrons. The firm is also warning web shoppers to be on guard when buying Valentine's gifts, claiming that there is an increase in phishing attacks around this period. To prevent users from becoming phishing victims, PandaLabs advises users to refrain from clicking on links that arrive by e-mail and instead typing web addresses directly into their browsers.

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