Attackers are exploiting fears over the bird flu by releasing a computer virus attached to an e-mail passing itself off as containing avian flu information, warned computer firm Panda Software.
According to Panda Software, the virus Naiva.A masquerades as a word document with email subject lines such as “Outbreak in North America” and “What is avian influenza (bird flu)?” The announcement appeared in a recent Reuters news release published on C-Net News.
When the file is opened, the virus modifies, creates and delete files. A second part of the virus installs a program that allows hackers to gain remote control of infected computers. (The economic motive for the virus!)
If you haven’t already done so, read my 3 simple rules for protecting yourself from email-borne virus infections. And let’s be careful out there!