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CUs alerted to virus spread through e-Valentines
HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/14/08)--Credit unions may want to monitor incoming e-mails that advertise e-Valentines because employees and others sending or receiving them could introduce a virus into the credit union’s system. The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and the Louisiana Credit Union League warned their credit unions Wednesday of possible scams after the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) sent out an alert warning against spam e-mails (Life is a Highway and eNews Feb. 13). Some of the spam e-mails can spread Storm Worm malicious software (malware). The e-mails ask users to click on a link, which downloads malware to the computer and infects it with the Storm Worm botnet, according to IC3. A botnet is a network of compromised machines under control of one user and set up to facilitate criminal activity. The Storm Worm virus was sent through millions of e-mails during holidays the past year, with Valentine’s Day identified as the next target. Recipients should be wary of e-mails from unknown senders and should not open unsolicited e-mails or click on the links provided, IC3 said.
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