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ComputerWorld.com: Bot masters fool with Paris Hilton
Jul 21 2006 03:41PM
Daniel Jimenez (dgj1menez hotmail com)
Bot masters fool with Paris Hilton
The simple life, unless you're the one battling the malware
July 18, 2006
Darren Pauli (Computerworld Australia)
Paris Hilton being exploited? It's hard to believe. But virus writers are
becoming more sophisticated in their use of celebrities such as Hilton to
entice users to unknowingly install malware.
It may be hard to understand how any reasonable user could believe that
Paris Hilton is inviting him to chat on instant messaging or to receive a
copy of that video via e-mail, but they do -- or maybe they're just hopeful.
The IRCbot and IM-Worm-based Kelvir families, made famous by the use of
videos and images of Hilton, are becoming more sophisticated, according to
antivirus vendor Kaspersky Labs.
To date, celebrities, security and law enforcement agencies and politicians
have been used to create fast, high-profile infections in devices using IM
programs, the company's senior research engineer Roel Schouwenberg said.
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