This email is a virus that
began circulating August 6, 2008.
The email includes graphics that appear to be from CNN and claims to be
talking about the Top 10 stories as well as offering links to videos
If you click any of the links, however, a message appears telling you
that you do not have the correct version of Flash Player as well as a
box you can click to download it.
That click, however, does not download Flash Player, it connects you to
a web site that can infect your computer with malware. Security experts
are still trying to pin down what code is downloaded to your computer,
but it could be the type that connects your computer as part of a
massive network of home and business computers that are used to send out
similar fake emails, spam, or to try to harvest personal and financial
One frustration was that
when you clicked the link and got the phony Flash Player warning,
you could not get out of it, even if you chose "cancel."
Samples that we have gotten were titled "Top 10" when in fact 20
stories are listed.
One security company estimated that more than 1,000 hacked web sites
are hosting the fake Flash Player program.
Adobe.com, the makers of Flash Player, warned not to download Flash
Player from any source other than Adobe.com.