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Valentine's Day brings with it another virus threat

Security vendors are warning businesses to upgrade their virus definitions in time for Valentine's Day.

With Valentine’s Day looming most people that work in the IT industry are desperately thinking of ways they can appease their better halves for the long hours in the office and boring nature of our small talk.

But since last year’s ‘I love you,’ virus has swept across the globe; Valentine’s Day is going to be associated with updating your virus definitions.

With reports already emerging of an Italian love bug virus emerging, security vendors are warning IT managers to raise our defences in preparation for another worm virus, entitled Love.Letter CD.

“Virus creators often attempt to utilise social engineering tactics — such as timely themed subject headings and attachment names — to persuade users into executing their malicious applications,” said Ian Hameroff, CA business manager for anti-virus solutions.

“At a time when many are expecting Valentines Day greeting from loved ones, it is imperative that computer users make themselves fully aware of the legitimate virus threats and possible hoaxes that they might also receive.”

The impact of the Italian Love virus has been limited to companies in the country of origin, France and Germany. The Italian language subject line — C’e una cartolina per te, or there’s postcard for you — is thought to be the main reason for the restricted impact of the bug.

Although US anti-virus company Trend Micro reported the virus had spread in Europe, other European anti-virus firms reported little activity.

Research has recently demonstrated that people still open interesting-sounding attachments despite all the warnings about viruses.

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