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Virus piggybacks London terror attacks

A computer virus that disguises itself as video footage of the London bombing is doing the rounds in cyberspace.

A computer virus that disguises itself as video footage of the London bombing is doing the rounds in cyberspace.

The virus, which can affect systems running Windows 2000, 95, 98, ME, NT, XP and Windows Server 2003, arrives in an e-mail with ‘Terror hits London’ as the subject line.

Security companies such as MessageLabs and F-Secure have reported the discovery of this trojan-carrying e-mail, which is designed to appear as a CNN newsletter. The e-mail also uses a spoofed breakingnews@cnnonline.com e-mail ID in the sender field and comes with a zipped file - ‘London Terror Moovie.avi <124 spaces> Checked By Norton Antivirus.exe’ - attached.

Users who clicks on the file will not be shown a video however; instead their PC will be infected by the virus, which F-Secure has detected as the ‘SpamTool.Win32.Delf.h’ trojan. As soon as the infected PC is re-started, it reports this to the virus creator through the internet and becomes part of a spam-sending zombie network.

The Australian Red Cross has also warned of hoax e-mails being sent by cyber criminals, urging recipients to donate to the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund. The organisation says these e-mails are not from the Red Cross, and that in order to donate to the fund users should only use the Red Cross web site.

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