A trojan virus that takes advantage of last week’s London bombs is now circulating, disguised as a news update from TV broadcaster CNN.
E-mail security company MessageLabs said the e-mail contained an attachment purporting to contain amateur video clips from the day’s events.
Once the recipient clicks on the attachment, the virus installs itself on the user’s machine and attempts to send out spam via e-mail servers the machine has access to.
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The malicious e-mail takes advantage of the fact that amateur footage from affected London tube trains and from the area of the bus explosion has been widely used by news media companies, much of it taken by people with mobile videophones.
The police have requested such footage to be forwarded to them to aid their investigation.