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February 4, 2006, 4:47 am
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A Trojan horse disguised as a spam message from an antivirus company is
making its rounds, security vendor Sophos has warned. The e-mail, which
carries an attachment, appears to be sent from Helsinki-based security
vendor F-Secure, the company said in a statement on its Web site. It comes
with various subject headers, such as "Firefox Browsing Problem," "Mozilla
Browsing Problem," or "Website Browsing Problem."
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, noted that F-Secure
has "done nothing wrong" and were "the unfortunate victims of Internet
criminals using their name as a disguise in an attempt to spread malware."
According to Sophos, the Trojan will disable antivirus and other security
software, as well as open a backdoor for hackers to gain access to infected
systems. Cluley added that running the attachment will "allow hackers to
gain access to spy, steal and cause havoc."