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 New virus turns your PC into a spam machine

  
Does your Internet connection feel slow, these days? If so, your computer may be busy sending spam all over the world! BBC News reports that spammers are now sending out viruses that take over people's computers and turn them into junk mail machines. Around half a million copies of the AVF virus were sent out to computer users in a two-day period last week and MessageLabs is convinced a spammer is to blame.

Unlike other mass-mailing viruses AVF does not mail itself out to everyone in the infected computer's address book. Instead its open up a backdoor in the machine through which spammers can send out junk mail.
Update: Talking about backdoors, Security Focus has an interesting article that explains firewalls and backdoors.

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