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Michael Jackson Virus Hits The Net

July 2, 2009

A mass email is floating around the Internet claming to contain secret songs and photos of Michael Jackson, according to computer security firm Sophos.

The email has a subject line of “Remembering Michael Jackson” and is sent from “sarah@michaeljackson.com”, Sophos said in a statement.

The email tells its recipients than an attached file called “Michael songs and pictures.zip” has secret songs and photos of the late pop icon, who died in the U.S. on June 25 at the age of 50.

Sophos is telling people not to open the email.

“By opening the attachment, computer users are exposed to infection. Once infected, a computer will begin automatically spreading the worm onto other Internet users,” Sophos said.

“Besides spreading via email, Sophos experts note that the malware is also capable of spreading as an Autorun component on USB memory sticks.”

A senior technology consultant at Sophos, Graham Cluley, said that a lot of computer users might be tempted to open the email because of the interest in the icon’s sudden death.

“But sensible computer users should by now be well aware that cybercriminals will be quick to exploit news events to spread malware and spam,” he said.

“Anyone who receives this email should delete it immediately to save themselves the embarrassment of infecting their email contacts.”

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