SPAMfighter Consumer Alert: Spam Containing Link to Fake US Soldier's Blog in Iraq Spreads Trojan

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A spam mail is being sent promoting a link to a US soldier's blog in Iraq. E-mail users are lured into a site that appears to be a blog but instead installs Trojans into the user's computer.

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Spammers and virus creators try to lure e-mail users in by using very intriguing topics that many people would be likely to click on. It is very important e-mail users never click on a link in an e-mail unless it is from a known sender

SPAMfighter Consumer Alert -- E-mail users are now getting what looks like a chance to view a soldier's blog on his experiences in Iraq. Users are encouraged to click on a link in order to read what the US soldier has experienced. However, the link in this e-mail connects the e-mail user to a fake blog that appears legitimate, and without their knowledge, two Trojans are installed into their computer. SPAMfighter products have already stopped this threat for all 3.8 + million of their members.

"Spammers and virus creators try to lure e-mail users in by using very intriguing topics that many people would be likely to click on. It is very important e-mail users never click on a link in an e-mail unless it is from a known sender," comments Managing Director of SPAMfighter North America Alix Aranza.

The spam mail encourages users to go to see the blog of a group of Soldiers in Iraq. The site users are taken to is a virus website and looks legitimate and extremely real as the creators of this website have reused legitimate pictures from other real blog sites, as well as videos from YouTube.

The spam mail encourages users to forward this website on to their friends as well. Because the site looks legitimate, users are more inclined to forward it, thereby infecting other computer users without the virus creators having to do anything. This mail will be filtered for all SPAMfighter users. Download a free trial of SPAMfighter at http://www.spamfighter.com.

When a computer user arrives at the website, two Trojans are installed. These Trojans are called W32/Exploit.Gen and RIFF/Ani_exploit.gen. Both of these Trojans can be removed with VIRUSfighter. VIRUSfighter can be downloaded free here: http://www.virusfighter.com.

E-mail users are reminded to remain alert, and use caution when opening links, or files. Computer users are also highly recommended to have an updated security system with anti-spam and anti-virus programs.

About SPAMfighter
SPAMfighter is Europe's leading spam filter developer. The Danish company is owned by the founders of Jubii.dk, Henrik Sørensen and Martin Thorborg, together with two programmers, Daniel Hjortholt and Martin Dyring. SPAMfighter employs 35 people and is based in Copenhagen. SPAMFighter North America is based in Boca Raton, Florida and is headed by Alix Aranza.

SPAMfighter is debt-free and is 100 per cent financed by income from the sale of the SPAMfighter client. Each day, SPAMfighter removes around 16 million spam messages from 19 million tested emails received by over 3.8 million users in 216 countries/regions.

SPAMfighter draws its power from the fact that over 3.8 million users report spam as they receive it, with a single click. Once several users have reported the same spam message, it is automatically filtered for all other users. The result is that approximately 90 percent of all spam is filtered out before it reaches any given user. Get more information about SPAMfighter here: http://www.spamfighter.com

For more information, contact Martin Thorborg, info(at)spamfighter.com SPAMfighter ApS, Nattergalevej 6, DK-2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark. Phone: +45 7022 1551 Fax (Europe): +45 3323 0376 or Alix Aranza Phone (USA) +1 (561) 962-4166 Fax (USA) +1 (561) 962-4266 uspartners(at)spamfighter.com

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