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Computer users face threat from Valentine e-mails

By Wang Pei-hua  /  STAFF REPORTER

As Valentine’s Day approaches, computer users should beware as malicious programs are being distributed via Valentine’s e-mails.

Information security analysts said several e-mails are being distributed, with subject lines including “I give my heart to you,” “Wanna kiss you,” “I belong to you” and “You are the ONE.”

Clicking the links provided in these e-mails will download and install malicious programs that allow the user’s computer to be remotely controlled.

Virus security firm Trend Micro said it had detected a worm named WORM_WALEDAC.AR this month that was being spread via e-mail. The links in the e-mail redirect users to a heart shaped Web page.

Clicking on the page will initiate the download of a worm, which will then install itself on the computer.

Trend Micro technical consultant Hsu Yi-chen (?? said that once the worm is installed on a computer, it will open a communication port and await orders from a remote user, thus jeopardizing the security of the computer system and data, perhaps even turning it into a zombie to be used as a jumping board for attacks on Web sites.

Hsu said the worm did not appear to have caused major problems in Taiwan, but people should refrain from clicking any links in e-mail from unknown senders or download files from unknown Web sites.

Virus programs are already capable of detecting this virus, so anyone suspecting that their computer has been infected should visit their anti-virus program manufacturer’s Web site for information on how to detect and delete the worm.

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