Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Virus: "Michael Jackson Suicide Attempt" (aka Troj/Borobt-Gen)
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Origins: Capitalizing on the publicity created by Michael Jackson's 2005 trial on criminal charges involving child molestation, this malicious message attempts to lure readers into visiting a particular web site by presenting the phony (and badly-spelled) news that the pop star has attempted to commit suicide and offering them a chance to read more about the incident (and presumably view Jackson's
Clicking on the embedded link, however, takes the reader to a web site which displays a message claiming that it's too busy — another phony message, this one serving to camouflage what the site really doing: downloading the Troj/Borobt-Gen trojan horse onto the visitor's computer.
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