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Virus / Trojan Warning!

Submitted by: Rakesh
On: July 26, 2007

Hello all,

Recently there have been many emails that have been flying around, supposed to be ecards from Buzzle.com. DO NOT FOLLOW THE LINK and try to open the ecards. By opening the link, you will be letting a Trojan Horse (Virus) into your computer, which can cause a lot of damage and security issues.

The email your will receive will be as per the following image:

The link in the email – http://www.buzzle.com/cards…… – actually leads to another site = http://buzzle.e-colorcard…..
(i am not putting in full links since some of you may accidently click to check the site and without a good anti-virus software, would then download the Trojan Horse). When you click that link and go to the ‘alternative’s site, a software program is automatically triggered to start and it will then download the Trojan Horse into your computer.


I have no one in my address book who I would expect to send me an ecard. With suspicion, I followed the link. I have an efficient anti-virus software (
http://www.avast.com ) so I knew that my computer will not be infected.

PLEASE NOTE:
I have looked at the buzzle.com site and it appears to be a legitimate and genuine site. What appears to have happened is that some malicious people have created a copy of the site – a clone – making people think it is a genuine site, just so that when you click through the link, you believe it to be safe. This is called ‘Phishing’.

Phishing:
In computing, phishing is the act of attempting to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business with a real need for such information in a seemingly official electronic notification or message (most often an email, or an instant message). It is a form of social engineering attack

On clicking the link, by anti-virus software, as expected, detected a Trojan Horse (see information below). Clicking the link was letting the site download a small file – a program (it ends with .exe; in the image below it is the filename) that can potentially cause a lot of harm to the computer and also cause a security issue, by being able to transmit the keys that are pressed when you enter any online passwords, pin numbers or security codes, especially during online purchases with credit cards and while doing online banking.

Here is the image of the virus warning:

Here is some information:

Trojan Horse:
What’s a Trojan Horse virus?
A Trojan Horse is an email small program (virus) usually released by an email attachment. If opened, it will scour your hard drive for any personal and financial information such as your social security, account, and PIN numbers. Once it has collected your info, it is sent to a thief’s database.

Trojan Horse cannot be considered the same as a virus. Virus has the ability to infect a computer, replicate, and then with files being transferred between computers, carry on infecting a whole network of computers.

A Trojan is a program that appears to be legitimate, but in fact does something malicious. Quite often, that something malicious involves gaining remote, surreptitious access to a user’s system. Unlike viruses, a Trojan does not replicate (i.e. infect other files), nor does it make copies of itself as worms do.
Virus:
A computer virus attaches itself to a program or file so it can spread from one computer to another, leaving infections as it travels.
Much like human viruses, computer viruses can range in severity.

Worm:
A worm is similar to a virus by its design, and is considered to be a type of a virus.
Worms spread from computer to computer, but unlike a virus, it has the capability to travel without any help from a person. A worm takes advantage of file or information transport features on your system, which allows it to travel unaided.
The biggest danger with a worm is its capability to replicate itself on your system, so rather than your computer sending out a single worm, it could send out hundreds or thousands of copies of itself, creating a huge devastating effect.

The Trojan Horse imaged above may just be harmless, but then, I would not be willing to take the risk to find out.

Please take care of which emails you open and which links you follow.
No bad luck or good luck will trouble you if you do not forward this email to anyone. Should you consider it ‘forwardable’ it can only help in letting people know and be aware.

Rakesh

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