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02/14/08

FBI Warns Of Valentine's E-Card Viruses

A file example of a legitimate e-card. Make sure you know the person sending your e-card before you open it. A file example of a legitimate e-card. Make sure you know the person sending your e-card before you open it.

With the Valentine's Day holiday now here, the FBI is warning the public to be on the lookout for spam e-mails spreading the Storm Worm virus.

The e-mail directs the recipient to click on a link to retrieve the electronic greeting card (e-card). Once the user clicks on the link, malware is downloaded to the Internet-connected device and causes it to become infected and part of the Storm Worm botnet. A botnet is a network of compromised machines under the control of a single user. Botnets are typically set up to facilitate criminal activity such as spam e-mail, identity theft, denial of service attacks, and spreading malware to other machines on the Internet.

The Storm Worm virus has capitalized on various holidays in the last year by sending millions of e-mails advertising an e-card link within the text of the spam e-mail. Valentine's Day has been identified as the next target.

The FBI is advising you to be wary of any e-mail received from an unknown sender. Do not open any unsolicited e-mail and do not click on any links provided.

If you have received this, or a similar e-mail, please file a complaint at www.ic3.gov.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com.

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