New email virus masquerades as tsunami fundraising appeal

first_img W32/VBSun-A is a new email virus with the subject line “Tsunami Donation! Please help!” which sets off a mass-mailing from the infected PC.The body of the message reads: “Please help us with your donation and view the attachment below! We need you!”.If opened, the tsunami.exe attachment that comes with the email creates a worm which searches for email address on the infected PC and then forwards itself on to them. It also attempts to launch a denial of service attack on an anti-spam website. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 26 January 2005 | Newscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. New email virus masquerades as tsunami fundraising appeal This is the second email virus that attempts to exploit the tsunami disaster. Given the proliferation of phishing and other online scams against financial institutions, it is not surprising that virus writers are turning their attentions to running fake charity fundraising appeals. It can only be hoped that this does not escalate and make genuine email-based fundraising appeals less trusted by the public.last_img

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