If you want information about the earthquake in China get it from a news site and not from a link to a video that arrives in your e-mail inbox.
The group has received reports of a new variant of the Storm worm that targets people interested in the May 12 earthquake that killed nearly 70,000 people and left 5 million homeless. Some of the e-mails also have subject lines that deal with the Olympic Games that China is hosting.
In the e-mail is a link that sends a recipient to a malicious Web site, US-CERT says. Opening the purported video link on the site runs executable code that infects the computer with malicious code that can be used to turn the machine into a zombie on a spam botnet.
Previous versions have usedand themes, as well as masqueraded as a to lure victims to sites.
As always, computer owners and administrators are urged to install and update antivirus software and to not follow unsolicited Web links received in e-mail messages.