How to guard against today's Trojan horses
Shortly after the arrival of the latest Internet worm, Lovgate.c, I got a fair amount of e-mail from worried friends and readers. Given that Lovgate spreads a Trojan horse, which then gives remote users access to infected machines, my correspondents wondered what the worm's creators were after. "Do they want my credit card number? Will they read my Quicken files?" they asked.
My answer: The person or persons responsible for this latest round of Trojan horse infections could be scanning your hard drive for your personal info. But it's more likely they're using your PC to launch attacks on large government or corporate servers--a new trend among virus writers.
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- Software: BitDefender AntiLovGate
- Virus News: Worm Becomes Part Of The Windows OS (25 February 2003)
- Virus News: Weekly Virus Report - Lovgate, Tang and Kingpdt Worms, Nzlog and Aileen Trojans (21 February 2003)