Scumbag malware authors exploit Virginia Tech tragedy

Pond-dwelling virus writers have crafted a malware attack that poses as camera phone footage of the shootings at Virginia Tech University that claimed 32 lives on Monday.

Spam email messages carry a photograph of gunman Cho Seung-hui and claim to link to a Brazilian movie website carrying footage of the campus shootings.

Surfers who click on the link will find only a malicious screensaver file (TERROR_EM_VIRGINIA.SCR) that attempts to install a banking spyware Trojan horse on the Windows PCs of prospective marks, anti-virus firm Sophos reports. The Packer Trojan horse attempts to steal online banking credentials. This login information offers cybercrooks the chance to subsequently clean out online banking accounts.

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