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Today's Phish: Ames News Is Not News

This news item expired March 31, 2009. It may contain out-of-date information.
A new ploy to infect computer systems with a Trojan virus lures victims by customizing a news message for the local area. The headline might read "Powerful explosion burst in Ames this morning" with a fictitious story of a dirty bomb being detonated in Ames. Having caught the attention of the potential victim, the next enticement is to view the video content. But first, there's the inevitable "Click here" to download the latest Flash player. DON'T CLICK ON THE LINK. That's how the Trojan virus gets downloaded to your computer. The whole news story is part of the scam to infect your computer. Keep you and your computer safe. Be skeptical and think before clicking.