Watch out for Cupid's arrows this Valentine's Day - they may hurt

February 06, 2001 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, today warned companies to be aware of the dangers of electronic Valentine cards. Employees are expected to email thousands of these cards this Valentine's Day which could be harbouring dangerous computer viruses.

"Sending joke programs, screensavers and electronic Valentine cards increases the risk of virus infection," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "As romance blossoms in the office it may be all too easy for your users to let their guard slip and leave themselves vulnerable to attack. It may be a lot safer to receive your Valentine message through the regular post."

Sophos has reported that virus writers are increasingly using psychological temptations such as love, money and lust to encourage innocent users to activate viruses. Last year the Love Bug virus posed as a romantic loveletter and millions of users around the world were hit. Sophos suggests that all companies and organisations teach employees safe computing practice and to be suspicious of any unsolicited email attachments as part of their basic training.

Sophos advises users to remain suspicious and to practise safe computing all year round.