Beware worms in your Valentines


Beware worms in your Valentines

Eric Doyle
Valentine's Day could turn into a massacre for IT systems if caution is thrown to the winds when opening e-mail attachments.

The whole idea of Valentines messages is that the recipient does not know who sent the message. There are sites, such as, that specialise in shielding the sender and allow the inclusion of attachments - these could contain viruses or worms. offers anonymous e-mailing within the body of an e-mail. There is no registration requirement, the message arrives anonymously and the recipient can opt to reply to the sender and initiate an exchange of e-mails. It is up to the original sender whether or not to reveal their identity and then either love will blossom or the recipient can press the button and disengage.

Sites such as these are perfectly innocent but could be misused by virus writers.

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