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Microsoft Powerpoint virus

Date: July 21, 2006
By: Amber Maitland

Security firms are in a flap again over the latest virus to attack a Microsoft Office program.

This time the virus is concealed in a malicious PowerPoint attachment that is making the rounds from a Google Gmail address.

Although users have to download an attachment and then open it for to exploit a machine, it seems quite a powerful piece of malware.

The file installs a keylogger and opens up a backdoor so that the hackers can take over a machine to gather keystrokes and install malware.

Then the virus installs a blank PowerPoint presentation so that it looks like nothing has happened.

The BBC is reporting that Asian characters are part of the subject line, so it's likely targeted to the Asian market.

Microsoft just released its latest monthly security patches, so it's likely the virus has been released so that it can do maximum damage before Microsoft is able to protect against.
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2007-11-23 09:08:16 - Dear Pals My system has been affected... Ravi
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