Is Saddam Hussein dead? Well, he certainly is in virus land, where a recently spotted worm has been coaxing users into infecting their machines with promises of "death pictures" of Saddam. Known as Bobax-H, the worm uses infected email attachments posing as photographs of the former Iraqi dictator, seemingly obtained during some failed escape attempt. Its almost funny until you infect your machine.

Emails generated by Bobax-H come with a variety of message texts including: "Saddam Hussein - Attempted Escape, Shot dead. Attached some pics that i found". Other variations in subject lines used by the worm claim to have pictures of a captured Osama Bin Laden.

If a user actually runs one of the infected attachments, then they effectively load a backdoor email relay module onto their PCs. This is then used for - you guessed it - spam! The virus is currently spreading slowly throughout cyberspace.