Saturday, September 11, 2010

'Here you have' email attacks world computers.

'Here you have' virus that promises free sex films causes havoc as it spreads across the world

Last updated at 1:21 PM on 11th September 2010
A new email virus that promises a link to free sex films is wreaking havoc at some of the biggest businesses across the world today.
The 'trojan' virus, with the subject ‘Here you have’, is filling inboxes with multiple emails after infecting users' address books.
In some cases, the virus is bringing down corporate email systems with the sheer weight of messages.
Trojans are malicious programmes that hide inside apparently harmless computer files.
A grab from one of the 'Here you have' emails which have been crippling businesses in the US
A grab from one of the 'Here you have' emails which have been crippling businesses in the US
The virus arrives as an email with the subject line ‘Here you have’ and invites the user to click on a link to a PDF. 
One of the most common variants promises a link to free 'sex downloads'.
Once they do so, the virus is downloaded onto their machine and spreads to all of the contacts in their email account, sending them the same email in turn.
The worm also tries to shut down any anti-virus software that has been installed.
Firms including Nasa, Comcast, AIG, Disney and Proctor & Gamble have all been affected.
Comcast was forced to shut down its servers yesterday afternoon after being hit with the attack.
The term ‘Here you have virus’ is now one of the most searched for phrases on Google.
One version of the email  says, 'Hello: This is The Document I told you about, you can find it here' and includes a link to what looks like a PDF.
Another includes the subject 'Just For you' and says 'This is The Free Dowload Sex Movies,you can find it Here.'
If you receive the messages, computer security firm McAfee says to delete the message without clicking the link and alert your IT office.
Ram Herkanaidu, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said that the email closely resembles the 'I love you' virus which caused havoc about ten years ago. 
His firm has now raised their global 'threat' level.

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