|Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, in happier pre-'wardrobe malfunction' times|
Anti-virus researchers at Sophos have discovered a new worm, Synpapse (W32/Synpapse-A), which masquerades as seedy snaps and movies of female celebrities. The worm uses a number of filenames, including 'Janet Jackson Superbowl XXX', in order to dupe computer users into opening the malicious code. The worm spreads via instant messaging and by popular file sharing platforms such as KaZaA.
"I'm afraid that computer users clicking on this file are much more likely to see a computer, rather than wardrobe, malfunction," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant, Sophos. "One of the cyber-underground's favourite tricks is to disguise their viruses as tantalising photos of celebs in the news - Janet Jackson is the latest star to join this dubious hall of fame, which already boasts the likes of Britney, Kylie and J-Lo."
Other celebrity names used by the worm include Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce and Pamela Anderson
At time of writing, Sophos has seen no reports of this worm spreading in the wild, but nevertheless reminds users to stay vigilant against virus attack.
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.