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Tiger Woods, the beloved golf player, had a car accident this Friday, the 27th of November. In the early hours of the morning, he was found semi-conscious, with facial injuries after his car hit a fire hydrant and a tree. Woods, who has been the top pro golfer in the US for many years, said that he alone is to blame for the incident.

“As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries,” said Tiger Woods. “I have some cuts, bruising and right now I'm pretty sore. This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again.This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.”

Speaking of false, unfounded and malicious rumors, hackers have wasted no time in trying to exploit this latest incident. Computer users keen on finding out what happened to Tiger Woods, may find themselves walking into a trap set by hackers, announced Sophos, company that specializes in providing antivirus, anti-spam, spyware removal software, network and internet security, data protection, and computer security solutions. Hackers have already set up pages that claim to have video footage related to Tiger Woods’ incident; try to watch the video footage and you will be presented with a fake video player page that tries to download an executable file onto your computer. The executable file (Movie_HD_Plugin_Update.40014.exe) claims to be a plugin that will let your watch the video, but it is in fact a Trojan (Sophos detects the Trojan as Troj/Proxy-JN).

"Foolhardy internet users who believe they are about to watch video footage related to Tiger Woods's current troubles may find the website is trying to surreptitiously install a Trojan horse onto their computer, handing control over to cybercriminals. This is a threat both for home users and companies. Many people may return from the weekend and use their office PCs to find out the latest news this morning - only to have their computers silently infected,” commented Senior Technology Consultant with Sophos, Graham Cluley.

Tags: Tiger Woods, Sophos, Security, Accident, Trojan

By George Worsfold - Software News Editor
Added on 30 Nov 2009(1175 Views)
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