February is usually a hot month for viruses. The promise of a virtual Valentine's Day card often proves too much for unwary end users who suddenly finds themselves on the end of a rather different gift.
"Somebody loves you" and "Are you my valentine?" were just a couple of deceitful subject lines used by Valentine's Day worms. But last month also saw social engineering in other areas.
The Yarner worm appeared, masquerading as a virus information newsletter from a legitimate German security firm, and MSN Messenger users were plagued by the Cool worm purporting to be a homepage link.
The old standby of celebrity viruses made an appearance too, but the promise of Britney Spears pics caused only minor havoc after it turned out to be a rewrite of the Alyssa Milano virus, which is already detected by most antivirus software.
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