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Frightening new internet scam hits Britain
Thread poster: Elizabeth Sumner
Elizabeth Sumner
Local time: 21:46
Russian to English
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Jun 1, 2006

You've probably heard this on the UK news but I expect it'll spread further. There's a new internet scam doing the round that holds your computer files hostage. For full details read the Times article below (please copy and paste the entire link from http: to .html or it won't work).

Just goes to show you should never click on pop ups.

Lizzy

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2205691,00.html


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Alison Jenner
Switzerland
Local time: 22:46
French to English
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Apparently via e-mail according to this Jun 1, 2006

Scary stuff - but apparently (at least according to this) the whole problem started after she opened an attachment (which may well have then put the pop-up on her computer). Another warning not to open attachments!

"Her computer became infected when she opened an e-mail attachment that claimed to be an anti-virus program. The virus that attacked her computer is known as Archiveus. "

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/06/01/nvirus01.xml

(of course, I mean, "not to open suspicious attachments")

[Edited at 2006-06-01 11:27]


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 17:46
Member (2001)
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Keep regular backups Jun 1, 2006

Alison Jenner wrote:
Scary stuff...
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I mean, "not to open suspicious attachments"
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And have a backup of our files. That simple!

Gianfranco


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Vito Smolej
Germany
Local time: 22:46
Member (2004)
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Let's try to get and stay objective about dangers Jun 1, 2006

... otherwise we're bound to keel over every time our cat sneezes for the fear of feline influenza ("I don't know if it exists but it is very dangerous")


from

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.archiveus.html


threat assessment

Wild

* Number of infections: 0 - 49
* Number of sites: 0 - 2
* Geographical distribution: Low
* Threat containment: Easy
* Removal: Easy


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