Trojan Alert: Windows 7 RC1, FIFA World Cup Virus

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Cybercriminals are continuing to target major news stories and global events such as the recent release of Windows 7 release candidate (RC) and results of the FIFA World Cup.

It has been reported that thousands of Windows 7 builds downloaded on Torrent and P2P sharing sites contain a malicious Trojan designed to target personal information and has the potential to cause system failure and identity theft.

Phishing attacks have targeted the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament and evidence suggests that the attacks will continue to escalate, as demonstrated during the previous FIFA World Cup which saw an increase of phishing attacks jump by 40% last year. (Source:

What you should do to help protect yourself:

  • Only purchase/download products from trusted sources.
  • If you've downloaded Windows 7 from a torrent site, you should use your security software to run a comprehensive scan of your computer to check for Trojans and other threats.
  • Avoid clicking on links sent to you via emails and instant messages, even if they appear to be sent from a known or reputable source.
  • If you're not already protected, look for reputable software such as Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus and Internet Security, and ensure you apply Windows security updates regularly.

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Don't make yourself bait for phishing attacks!

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