Thursday, August 23, 2007

Don't Join the Club

The great Groucho Marx once quipped, "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member." E-mail users would do well to adopt this attitude with respect to unsolicited invites to join members-only Web sites, as bogus club invites appear to be the latest ruse that malware authors are using to trick people into turning their computers into spam-spewing zombies.

The culprit? Once again, the various criminal groups behind the "Storm worm," a prolific piece of malware that seems to adopt a different lure with each passing week. Last month, it was fake e-greeting cards. Last week, we saw storm disguised as fake "sexy pics." This week, Storm purveyors are pitching their wares in invitations like this one, which landed in my inbox today:

We are glad you joined Web Players.

User Number: 75129641513 Your Temp. Login ID: user3469 Your Password ID: lc411

Please keep your account secure by logging in and changing your login info.

Use this link to change your Login info: [link altered by Security Fix for safety's sake]

Thank You,

Welcome Department
Web Players

Trust me on this one: You don't want to become a member of this club, or any of the hundreds like it spammed out over the past few days. Just hit "delete" and move on with your life.

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