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Just received this virus warning.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Bob the Spiderman, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. Just received the following and checked it out with Snopes:

    THIS IS TRUE: You can check it out before you go any further at:

    Warning! It's real & confirmed.

    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.

    If you get an email along the lines of "Osama bin Laden Captured" or
    "Osama Hanged" don't open the attachment. From the Snopes website:
    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, TrojanProxy.Win32.Small.b,or
    Win32.Slarp. 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:

    The Trojan opens a random port on the victim's machine. It sends the
    Port information to a webpage at IP address 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 So, you might want to update
    your Anti Virus software.
    BW. Bob F

    ------ End of Forwarded Message
  2. SRA


    Jul 29, 2005
    Orem, Utah
    Thank you for the warning.
  3. Thanks,
    Forwarded the info to everyone in my address book.
  4. strobel


    Apr 30, 2005
    Algonquin, IL
    One word "Mac"
  5. Four words

    False sense of security

  6. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
  7. Brian


    Apr 30, 2005
    Thanks for the headsup. Don't you just hate them?
  8. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Thank You Bob,
    First of all I am glad your feeling beter. :>))
    Thanks for the warning.

    I don't open nothin. lolol
    But sure good to know if something comes sneakin round. :>))

    take care sweetie.
  9. JeffKohn


    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    The only ways to get a virus from email are 1) the user running an infected attachment 2) embedded scripts 3) hyperlinks to web pages that try to install malicious software.

    If your system is properly secured none of these methods should be a real threat even if you're running an MS mail client and/or IE.
  10. dbirdsong

    dbirdsong Guest

    Yeap, never had a virus on mine... Nor any spyware!
  11. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Me neither, but it still pays to be vigilent. I wonder if the situation will change when Apple begins to have an Intel Inside.

    That's not exactly what the Snopes article said. They cautioned against opening an attachment in the email. I don't know of any virus, trojan, or spyware that activates on opening, except some Microsoft scripting language malplications.

    If you don't have a Mac (and especially if you do) it would be wise for many reasons to heed Montydog's warning, and stay away from Microsoft mail programs. They seem to be an especially tempting target for virus, etc. programmers. I prefer to do all my mail through webmail applications. That way, all that junk stuff is off my computer.
  12. Bob, nice to see you "up 'n' running"... and thanks for the heads-up !

    I would only suggest that we first check "hoaxes & realitites" with a "respected" source like... http://securityresponse.symantec.com/ rather than a "Rumors" web site...

    On the other hand, if we have a Firewall/Antivirus/Spyware protection there won't be any problems with our workstations.
  13. Brian


    Apr 30, 2005
    And don't forget to update your virus/spyware. It won't do any good if they are a few months old.
  14. Thanks everybody.

    My Firewall and Antivirus Protection updates regulary whole I am on line, but occassionaly something gets through which I then quarantine and then submit to Bullguard who sent back the solution.

    Emails. There is not a chance in hell that ANY unknown sender gets past me, plus especially those from my BANK!!

    Yippee Doo.

    Bob F.
  15. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    I'll second that. And if you avoid using Internet Explorer, Outlook, and Windows XP too, plus never are tempted to visit any dubious web site, you probably will wonder what all the fuss is about :biggrin:

    I can relate a true horror story from the last days. A friend of mine complained about the sluggishness of his PC, and I was summoned to look into the problem. Turned out the PC was infected with scores of virus worms and trojans, and I spent several hours cleaning out the PC before I could address the underlying cause of the malady. Since the PC should be protected by an external firewall, plus anti-virus software, the rate of infection was puzzling, so I installed a software firewall to give me some piece of mind while I worked to find a solution. First I found that the owner hadn't updated the anti-virus program for almost a year. A few minutes later the soft firewall began reporting external attacks, and it turned out that the daughter of the house had bypassed the external firewall in the belief that internet access would be speedier :eek:  :eek:  :eek:  The attack rate was 2-3 attacks per minute! This is the mad world we live in, and have to deal with.

    Now the PC is running behind its hardware firewall, with an internal software-based firewall as a new layer of protection, and updated antivirus and spy removal software, and is seeing a new spring. The daughter got grounded, and Internet Explorer and Outlook locked down.
  16. Just Enable the "Auto-Update" function and it does the work... I am using the "killer" combination of XP+IE+Outlook for centuries now, and NEVER had any infections...
  17. Yup... and I've been enjoying that "false sence of security" for almost 20 years now. :wink:

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