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    Post Virus Alert

    A friend just advised that there is a new Virus making the rounds of the Internet. The method is to send an email claiming to have knowledge of Osama Ben Laden's death. An attachment is supposed to be a photo of the body, it's a virus that infects your computer when you open the attachment, or go to a link that is in the message. My apoligies for taking up space here, but this seemed like a good way to get the word out.
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    Thanks for looking out for us, Harve

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    Ran this one through snopes.com just in case. However, they classsify this one as REAL. Here's what they have to say.
    Origins: Origins: There are few headlines that would grab the attention of more computer users around the world than "Osama bin Laden Captured," and that's exactly what whoever created this lure was counting on to snare unsuspecting victims who use Microsoft platforms.

    "Osama bin Laden Captured" isn't a virus in itself; it's the text of a message that includes a link to a file called EXPLOIT.EXE. When a message recipient clicks on this link to view what he thinks are pictures of Osama bin Laden's capture, he can end up downloading an executable trojan known as Backdoor-AZU, BKDR_LARSLP.A, Download.Trojan, TrojanProxy.Win32.Small.b, or Win32.Slarp.

    Clicking the embedded link in the "Osama bin Laden Captured" message auto-executes a file called "EXPLOIT.EXE," which exploits a known security hole to download the trojan. According to McAfee Security:

    The trojan opens a random port on the victim's machine. It sends the port information to a webpage at IP address 66.139.77.145. The trojan listens on the open port for instructions and redirects traffic to other IP addresses. Spammers and hackers can take advantage of compromised systems by using the infected computer as a middleman, allowing them to pass information through it and remain anonymous.
    Microsoft has made available updates that close the hole exploited by this trojan.

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    Default .....which you could avoid if

    you had zonealarm and decent anti-virus software protection on your computer.
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    If you see a file with the picture of Fireresq77's "mini-me",
    Please dont open it either. The picture of him flipping you
    off will freak you out and make you run down the street...
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    LMAO!! Bou, Mini-me got you again, huh? Did you at least have your pants on this time?

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    Default Ummm...

    Originally posted by firenresq77
    LMAO!! Bou, Mini-me got you again, huh? Did you at least have your pants on this time?

    Well I was looking at an adult porn site and my pants
    were....ummmm.....Yes, yes I had my pants up.

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    grrrrrrrrrr I clicked on a link on MSN's home page yesterday. I got Page cannot be displayed and it kicked me off the internet. Foolish me fell for it twice.

    I heard about it on the radio this morning while I was "still asleep" and couldn't find anything on any of the news sites. I ran Norton's and Stinger but nothing came up. Guess I should go run Windows Update too, thanks for the info.
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