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Valentine Or Virus?

It could be a Happy Virus Day for you as virus writers love to take advantage of the blizzard of e-greeting cards swirling around the Internet.

Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure warns that the poisoned love letters already are circulating. The company says it has intercepted a nasty virus included in a spam campaign. The virus is disguised as a Valentine's Day greeting relayed via e-greeting card giant AmericanGreetings.com. According to F-Secure, when an e-card recipient clicks on the related e-mail link, it redirects you to a page asking you to install a fake Macromedia Flash Player by Adobe. This player actually is a Trojan horse program that downloads and installs a password-stealing virus onto the user's system.

I've never been fond of the e-greeting card industry, mainly because it conditions people to click on e-mail links they weren't necessarily expecting or have no reason to trust.

Please be careful about clicking on links in any e-greetings you receive today. If you absolutely must watch some dancing chocolates or flying hearts via Flash animation but are not sure whether you already have a Flash player, this link here will help. It will tell you if you have it installed and which version you're running. Windows users with Flash installed should be running the latest 9.0.28.0 version.

If you need a current version or wish to install it, download it directly from the source.

By Brian Krebs  |  February 14, 2007; 1:01 PM ET
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  
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