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14 February 2003
No nudes – but bad news for users

Poor Catherine Zeta Jones. Even as she fights Hello! for publishing unauthorised photographs of her wedding day, she's become the victim of a scam involving 'illicit' snaps.

But unlike the Hello! pictures, these photos don’t exist. They’re a front for an email worm.

Security company Sophos has warned that emails purporting to offer users pictures of Mrs Douglas, along with other celebrities such as Britney Spears and Sarah Michelle Gellar, are a front for the Igloo worm, a Trojan horse virus.

The problem seems prevalent for users of the Kazaa file sharing software.

"It is ironic that supposed photos of Catherine Zeta Jones are being used to try to spread a virus at the same time that she's in the courts fighting Hello! magazine over the publication of unauthorised snaps," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus.

"We all know the saying that curiosity killed the cat. In this case the curious user looking for dirty pictures of celebs is likely to be one who is compromised."


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