"Many home PC users may have been infected after a large-scale sustained Trojan horse attack that took place over the weekend, security vendors believe.
The Trojan, named "Storm Worm" by antivirus vendor F-Secure, first started to spread on Friday as extreme storms engulfed Europe. The e-mail claimed to include breaking news about the weather, in an attempt to get people to download an executable file."
The above paragraphs are a direct quote from a source I in use frequently. Please go to the following site to read the whole story:
The bottom-line is, never open attachments from anyone unless:
- The person sent you an email notifying you they were about to send an attachment. (This is quite different than sending you an email telling you they’re going to send you an email. We’re talking "attachments.")
- Called you to let you know they were sending an attachment.
- You called them to verify they indeed did send you an attachment.
- Or you are expecting an attachment due to a previous conversation.
Why is this? These types of nasty things can start sending out email from your friends and associates without their knowledge. So it may look like your best friend just sent you an attachment, but they didn’t…their PC did and if you open it, you get infected and start spreading the infection…and so on.
If you have further questions, please post a Comment here so that I can answer your question for everyone. Your question is probably one that others have.