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CatherineCatherine Zeta Jones virus hits the net

17 February 2003
- by Veronique De Freitas

Don't be fooled in to opening up an email claiming to offer nude pictures of Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones - there's actually a computer worm waiting to be unleashed.

Fans of the actress are being warned to watch out for the worm, which affects those using the Kazaa file sharing system and internet relay chat (IRC) instant messaging

According to security experts, web users are being tricked into opening a file that is described as containing nude pictures of Catherine and others celebs including Britney Spears, Shakira and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Opening the file activates the Igloo worm, a backdoor Trojan horse that allows other computer users to hack in and take control of your machine.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus said: "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 court fighting Hello! Magazine over the publication of unauthorised snaps".

According to Sophos, there are no reports of successful Igloo worm infections as yet but web users need to keep up-to-date with the latest security news and patches.

It is not the first time a celebrity has been used to lure web users into launching a virus - worms have previously come under the guise of pictures of Russian tennis Anna Kournikova, rock chick Avril Lavigne and pop star Britney Spears.

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