Neo-Nazi spam virus hits PCs

by on May 16th, 2005

NEW YORK May 16, 2005 — A computer virus spewed neo-Nazi-tinged spam in English and German into inboxes over the weekend.

The virus, first spotted on Thursday, sends out a blast of e-mail to addresses found on infected PCs.

Most of these messages contain links to news stories with content that “smells of right-wing political rhetoric,” said Vincent Gullotto, vice president of McAfee Inc.’s antivirus emergency response team. But a small percentage contain links to a Web site that tries to infect visiting machines with the virus, he said.

Among the many messages was one with the German subject line “60 Years of Freedom: Who’s Celebrating?” referencing the end of World War II. Another read: “Honorable Action” and contained a link to the Web site of the NPD, Germany’s right-wing nationalist political party. One in English carried the subject: “Dresden Bombing Is To Be Regretted Enormously,” referring to the Allied attack on the German city during World War II.

Etalkinghead Staff