ONLINE: Beware of 'Naked World Cup' e-mails
Some hackers try to trick computer users with nude photos.
Others have preyed on their interest in the World Cup.
One hacker has combined the two to attack computers around the world.
The Sixem-A worm has infected the computers of soccer fans by tricking
them into clicking on attachments that disable their security software
and distributes a virus to other e-mail addresses. Various subject
lines used to tease fans into opening the infected attachments include
"Naked World Cup game set" and "Soccer fans killed five teens."
One of the messages sent by the Sixem worm reads: "Nudists are
organizing their own tribute to the world cup by staging their own nude
soccer game, though it is not clear how the teams will tell each other
apart. Good photos ;)."
"While some recipients might find nude
football an attractive prospect," Graham
Cluley, senior technology consultant at anti-virus
software firm Sophos, "this is one worm you don't want to
catch sight of, as you'll be playing straight into the hands of
World Cup-themed viruses caused problems during the 1998 and 2002 World
Cup. Hackers are already using the 2010 World Cup as a hook. They tried
to gain access to fans' bank accounts by asking them to pay for tickets
they've won in a nonexistent lottery.
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