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Virus Alert! Dangerous Email

This news item expired February 15, 2008. It may contain out-of-date information.
Make sure you are double-checking the sender of an email before you start clicking on links. A new round of spam is targeting recipients with inviting emails.

The latest round of email messages carry a "love" or Valentine's Day theme. The link is often just an IP or web address. When the receiver clicks on what turns out to be a malicious link in the email, your machine becomes infected with one of the variations of Stormworm, a malicious piece of software that causes your machine to become part of a botnet.

These scams are capable of causing significant damage to an individual's system. Users are encouraged not to click on links within emails from unknown users. If you receive a "Valentine" spam, delete it immediately.

The perpetrators of this scam are rapidly changing their malware in an effort to thwart anti-virus software. With that in mind, make sure that your anti-virus software is current. If your AV software is current, you have a better chance of stopping the malware if you inadvertently click on a link.

If you believe your system has been compromised or if you have questions about these latest scams, contact your departmental IT support or the IT Services Solution Center at 515-294-4000.