Trojan poses as Lycos Europe screensaver

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    Yikes, a trojan disguised as a screensaver! :eek: Better be careful...
     
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    Fake Lycos screensaver with trojan

    A virus that spies on keystrokes and downloads passwords and bank account details is circulating among emails, masquerading as a screensaver designed by Internet portal Lycos to attack spammers, a watchdog warned yesterday.

    Finnish anti-virus company F-Secure said the so-called Trojan horse started to be distributed among emails on Monday.

    The mail has the subject line "Be the first to fight spam with Lycos screen" and comes with an attachment entitled "Lycos screensaver to fight spam", F-Secure said on its website.

    Whoever downloads it unwittingly installs a spying program called Perfect Keylogger, which records the user's keystrokes to harvest personal data, such as passwords and details of bank accounts.

    The Trojan horse is hooked up to an email adress in Indonesia, the British science magazine New Scientist said in a website report yesterday.

    It added that spammers themselves, angered by Lycos, were probably behind the attack.

    Lycos' screensaver - "Make Love Not Spam" - was launched in Europe on November 30.

    The screensaver barraged notorious spam websites with data, in the hope of clogging up bandwidth and thus driving up their costs.

    But it was scrapped just four days later amid criticism that it was adding to the problem of useless data already being carried on the Internet
     
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