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Technical Help & Discussion => Broadband, Networking, PC Security, Internet & ISPs => Topic started by: Clive on June 13, 2005, 21:45

Title: Jackson Suicide Email Virus
Post by: Clive on June 13, 2005, 21:45
An email purporting to reveal news of a Michael Jackson suicide attempt contains a virus. Sophos, a UK computer security company, put a warning about the email on its website today.

The email arrives with the subject line "Re: Suicidal aattempt" and the following text.

?Last night, while in his Neverland Ranch, Michael Jackson has made a suicidal attempt. They suggest this attempt follows the last claim was made against the king of pop. 46 years old Michael has left pre-suicid note which describes and interpretes some of his sins. Read more??

When users click on the 'read more' link they are shown a message saying that the website is too busy - not at unreasonable thing to believe if the story was true. Unfortunately while you ponder whether or not to refresh the page a variety of malware is being downloaded onto your PC, including the Trojan Horse Troj/Borobt-Gen.

The advice is obvious - make sure your anti-virus software is up to date and patch Windows as per Microsoft's instructions.