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November 12th, 2002, 03:19 AM #1
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- January 18th, 2005
- St Clair Shores MI.
Think twice about ever accepting a eGreeting card as this FREEBEE often harbor you no good will... I got two this week that set off my Norton Anti-virus program and one did a parasite hidden install. So I looked online for some alerts on this knowing the scumbags roosting in the affiliate networks love to use any means to dupe users into installing their adware/spywarez crap.
"But now virus writers, mass marketers, and porn Web sites are taking advantage of the e-greeting trend to infiltrate computers.
A company called Email PI, for example, is marketing a software product that uses a phoney e-greeting to secretly installs surveillance or "spyware" on the receipient's computer.
Once an unsuspecting recipient opens the digital greeting, a key-logger begins copying passwords, recording instant messaging sessions, and copying e-mails. All that data is sent back to the Email PI client.
The Web site for Email PI even states it can record phone conversations if the subject has a voice modem attached to his or her computer. The site claims those conversations will be e-mailed to whoever is engaging in the surveillance.
SpyCop, a company that makes software to detect and removes spyware, says it is aware of the Email PI program and that its eponymous program will remove it from affected systems.
Greetings, You're Getting Pop-Up Porn
Other programmers are using the e-card phenomena to throw online advertisements for pornographic sites to the unsuspecting online surfer.
Security experts have recently discovered one such malicious marketing attempt with a trojan progam called Ortyc that arrives as an e-mail message, alerting the receiver that they have received an e-card at a bogus e-greeting card site.
The message links to the Web site, where a permission box pops up saying an extra program needs to be downloaded to view the card. Once that program is installed on the user's computer, it will pop-up advertisements for porn sites every time a user surfs the Web.
Anti-virus software makers have updated their programs to find and remove the Ortyc program.
There are still legitimate e-greeting cards out there, but overall, security experts say that users should take caution when opening such messages. As with any suspect e-mails, experts recommend that receivers of such e-greeting messages should personally contact the sender to verify that the e-mail was indeed sent by them."
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