The crafty virus concoction continues, this time with email scams that entice potential victims with messages containing tempting gossip and stories. Be it celebrities or even video allegedly depicting the death of Osama Bin Laden, many of them are difficult to ignore.

The Romanian version of these particular emails cites a highly popular national TV station as a source for the alleged information pointing to its president's death. 

Those who open the emails will discover the information is totally false, finding instead their computers are infected by a particularly nasty piece of Malware. The virus, known as Dropped:Trojan.Fakealert.13085, is a powerful keystroke logger as well as password and credit card info gatherer. 

Schemes like this are becoming commonplace across the internet, with BitDefender Online Threat labs head Catalin Cosoi explaining:

"Using celebrities and sensational stories as bait for downloading malware is a popular tactic, and highlights how the social engineering element of a scam is often key to whether it succeeds or fails."

Obama's 'Irish incident' which saw his armoured car, nicknamed the Beast, has proven particularly effective as a virus spreading story incentive. 

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Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.

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