Katrina e-mail scams

By Derek Sooman on
Sad to say, but the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina are being used by virus writers to try to infect more machines. People have been increasingly receiving bogus e-mail that pretends to offer news updates about the tragedy that instead directs the user to a website that infects your machine.

Under the virus scam, the hackers send a "Trojan" virus to the victim's computer, which can give them complete access to, and control of, its files.

While the user is not infected if he or she simply read the e-mail without opening the attachment, people are urged to delete such e-mails immediately.

It is also recommended that people check that their virus-protection is up to date.

In addition to these measures, people are being encouraged to double-check the validity of any charity which asks via e-mail for a Katrina donation.

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