Worm spreads with promise of Saddam "death pictures"!

By Derek Sooman on
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.

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.