May 18, 2001

Virus targets NSA's Echelon snoop system

Author: JT Smith

InformationWeek: "The worm doesn't offer a really compelling reason to click the
attachment. The subject line reads "!!!" and the body of the E-mail
reads ": - ) MuCuX..." and carries the attachment echelon.vbs. Most
Internet users may be unaware that the National Security Agency
runs project Echelon, which purportedly aims to eavesdrop on
phone calls, fax transmissions, and E-mails containing certain key
words, and people whose computers are infected with this virus
won't see the slew of text hidden within the executable."

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