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The mammoth StormWorm botnet has left off its usual strategy of using news headlines to lure people into clicking on badsite links that result in their computers being hijacked and added to the botnet -- now it is using intriguing fictional events to bait its hooks:

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The emails contain such headlines as 'Eiffel Tower damaged by massive earthquake' and 'Donald Trump missing, feared kidnapped.'
The bodies of the emails contain links which claim to provide further information on the story.

However, the links direct to a page designed to resemble adult video site Pornotube. When users click on one of the supposed video links on the page, an executable is launched which installs the Storm malware.

"This clever social engineering technique plays on people's inquisitiveness about news of natural disasters and celebrities," said McAfee researcher Kevin McGhee.

"The emails also follow the simple format of some text and a link that looks fairly harmless to the uneducated user."

The emails mark a deviation for Storm from its usual tactic of spamming articles and videos of current events and holidays.
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This clever social engineering technique plays on people's inquisitiveness about news of natural disasters and celebrities,
no it plays to their horniness. you have to click a video on pseudo"pornotube" lol
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Oh, I clicked on it so that it would take me to pornotube.
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One of these botnets are gonna bring on the apocalypse. Enough computers are gonna get interconnected, the internets will "awaken", and will destroy us all in Skynet/Matrix fashion.

I for one welcome our new digital overlords.
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curiosity killed the cat
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I like pudding
I love bread pudding myself. My mom has a mean recipe for it, sooo good.

But on topic....

One key thing to remember to avoid spyware/malware/viruses:

Never, ever, ever, EVER download *.exe files or supposed "codecs" when attempting to view movies from sites that may be "objectionable".

Most of you probably already know this, but it can't hurt to put it out there.
    
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