Friday, March 24, 2006

"Milosevic Killed" Virus Plagues Internet

Just days after the passing of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic inventive hackers have already unleashed a virus bearing his name.

A Trojan horse virus is planted in an e-mail titled "Slobodan Milosevic was killed", supposedly containing evidence of his murder, media reported. Feeding off conspiracy theories and suspicions of foul play in Milosevic's death, the e-mail is supposed to contain photographic proof of the claim.

Trojan horses penetrate computer files through seemingly harmless applications. Their main difference from worms and viruses is that Trojans do not replicate themselves, but can be just as dangerous. Sometimes Trojans are aimed at acting as internal spies - instead of just destroying information, they send important data such as passwords and personal details to another computer.

Milosevic died last weekend at a detention centre near the UN tribunal in The Hague where he was on trial on 66 charges for genocide and war crimes.
Sofia News Agency

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