Internet Alert: Valentine's E-Card Carries VirusPITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― You might want to think twice before you open an unexpected Valentine's Day e-card this week.
The FBI says the e-mail may not be from a secret admirer, but instead might contain the Storm Worm virus.
Storm Worm is malicious software (also known as malware).
The e-mail directs the recipient to click on a link to retrieve the electronic greeting card (e-card).
Once the user clicks on the link, malware is downloaded to the Internet-connected device and causes it to become infected and part of the Storm Worm botnet.
A botnet is a network of compromised machines under the control of a single user.
Botnets are typically set up to facilitate criminal activity such as spam e-
mail, identity theft, denial of service attacks, and spreading malware to other machines on the Internet.
The Storm Worm virus has capitalized on various holidays in the last year by sending millions of e-mails advertising an e-card link within the text of the spam e-mail.
Valentine's Day has been identified as the next target.
The FBI says to be wary of any e-mail received from an unknown sender.
For more information on e-scams, please visit the FBI's New E-Scams and Warnings webpage.
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