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08 December 2004 @ 01:23 am
Security Alert: Fake Lycos Screensaver  
Fake Lycos screensaver harbours Trojan | The Register

Well, we knew it wouldn't take long for virus writers to begin distributing their own version of the Lycos Screensaver program, however this one contains a keylogging virus.

This fake screensaver comes through your E-mail and contains an attachment with a RAR SFX archive that has an embedded keylogging trojan inside. The E-mail comes to you with such subjects as:

"Be the first to fight spam with Lycos Screen"

Don't be fooled by this E-mail and never open attachment files from someone you don't know. If it's from someone you know, verify it by asking the friend if he/she had recently sent you an E-mail. Also, evaluate the source to which the E-mail is coming from -- what I mean is that if the user did send you the E-mail and the user has a history opening any attachments and getting hit by viruses, it might be a good idea not to open it.

"Make Love Not Spam" was designed to bombard spam websites with requests, so increasing their bandwidth charges without - in theory - shutting them down. Security firms criticised Lycos's use of "vigilante tactics" especially when two of the targeted websites became unavailable. Several major internet backbone providers and ISP blocked access to Lycos' www.makelovenotspam.com website over concerns over its questionable legality.