World Cup virus warningAnti-virus companies warn of new 'worm'.

21 June 2006

Computer virus experts are warning of a new internet 'worm' which is trying to exploit World Cup fever.

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If you open an attachment in the spam email, it tries to disable security software on the computer and then spread itself to other email addresses.

Subject lines in the spam emails include 'Naked World Cup game set', 'Soccer fans killed five teens', and 'Crazy soccer fans'. Some of the messages claim to come from the CNN news organization.

Warning from Sophos

Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at IT security firm Sophos said: 'This worm exploits the public's interest in the World Cup to infect computer users. It is very likely that more internet criminals will take advantage of users' football fever as the tournament heats up.'

Sophos says that hackers have tried to take advantage of the World Cup before. In 2002, the VBS/Chick-F virus was designed to exploit workers desperate to find out the latest scores from the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

In 1998, in the run-up to the World Cup in France, another virus email asked recipients to gamble on who the winner might be, and if the user didn't choose a certain team, it triggered a program capable of wiping the hard drive.