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Beware the Michael Jackson virus

Michaeljackson_4Hackers recently found a way to exploit the discomforting weirdness of the Michael Jackson trial. Internet News reports that they “are slamming computers around the world with a Trojan virus by sending e-mails claiming Michael Jackson has tried to kill himself.” These e-mails, which mask the hackers’ programming acumen with hilarious spelling errors, link to a bogus suicide note. The link opens to a page that says it can’t load due to high traffic (admittedly, a clever move), at which point a Trojan program called Troj/Borobt-Gen dumps tons of viruses into the user’s computer. AdFreak isn’t the only observer who notes the clever execution. Carole Theriault, security consultant for British anti-virus firm Sophos, says the bogus link “may not surprise people who think it might contain genuine breaking news about Michael Jackson.” But ingenuity cannot excuse profiting from tragedy, and AdFreak hopes they are caught, properly disciplined and given swirlies by the kids who bullied them in high school. Their lunch money should then be seized to fund anti-spam efforts.

—Posted by David Kiefaber

Photo: Tammie Arroyo/Retna Ltd./PR Newswire Photo Service/Newscom

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