SECURITY ALERT Bin Laden Suicide Virus - Latest Internet Hoax
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Subject: SECURITY ALERT Bin Laden Suicide Virus: Latest Internet Hoax
trojan horse has been around since last year at this time but seems to be
resurfacing once again. Please note that the below article was posted on the
Internet on July 26. 2004.
Bin Laden Suicide Virus: Latest Internet Hoax (resurfaced)
By Jeff Sommers
Part of the ECT News Network
07/26/04 10:10 AM PT
Last week's launch of the 'Bin Laden' virus is indicative of the ongoing wave of
malicious activity launched on the Internet by virus writers. Graham Cluley,
senior technology consultant for Sophos, remarked, "Thousands of messages have
been posted onto Internet message boards and Usenet newsgroups claiming that
journalists from CNN found the al-Qaida leader's hanged body earlier this year."
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An online security firm warned Saturday that the latest Internet virus was using
spectacular claims about the death of terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden to trick
people into infecting their own computers.British-based computer security group
Sophos.com revealed that statements have also been posted on thousands of
Internet message boards offering a link to information about the purported
suicide of Osama Bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the
world's most wanted fugitive.
Internet Chat Rooms Spreading Virus
Thousands of rogue messages have been posted on Internet chat rooms in the past
few days suggesting journalists have discovered the body of Bin Laden hanged.T
he messages urge users to visit a Web site to view photos of Bin Laden, which
they claim have been withheld by U.S. authorities while they confirm the
identity of the body. Sophos.com, has published a sample of the posted messages:
"Osama Bin Ladin was found hanged by two CNN journalists early Wednesday
evening. As evidence they took several photos, some of which I have included
here. As yet, this information has not hit the headlines due to Bush wanting
confirmation of his identity but the journalists have released some early photos
over the Internet."
E-Mail Links to Trojan Horse Virus
Hackers are also sending e-mails supposedly containing evidence that Osama Bin
Laden has committed suicide.The e-mails direct users to a Web site where a file
containing photographs of the alleged suicide can be downloaded. In reality,
however, when unsuspecting users click on the link purported to be for
downloading photographs of Bin Laden's body, their computers are infected with a
"Trojan horse" virus that gives the perpetrators access to, and control of the
victim's computer. Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for
Sophos stated "Thousands of messages have been posted onto Internet message
boards and Usenet newsgroups claiming that journalists from CNN found the al-Qaida
leader's hanged body earlier this year."
Sophos: Ongoing Virus Attacks
Last week's 'Bin Laden' virus is emblematic of the ongoing wave of criminal acts
launched on the Internet by computer hackers. Cluley also remarked, "Hackers and
virus writers will try all kinds of tricks to entice people into downloading
their malicious code. It seems this time that the hacker
has focused on the public's morbid curiosity and appetite for news on the war
against terror."In light of the Bin Laden hoax, security experts are warning
anyone with a computer to be sure they have up-to-date anti-virus software to
prevent themselves from becoming victims of this latest Trojan.
Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment
that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to
This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe, but mainly
in the US and Israel.
Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know.
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
"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,
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 126.96.36.199. 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
Microsoft has made available updates that close the hole exploited by this