Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: Christmas is the season for many things, but holiday greeting messages that trick users into executing malevolent computer programs shouldn't be one of them. Unfortunately, that was the case with the Zafi.D mass mailing worm,
Even worse, Zafi.D presented a more appealing lure by determining the locations of targeted recipients through their domain-name extensions and altered its text to reflect the native languages of those areas. (For example, users whose
The Zafi.D worm now poses little or no threat, as it is easily caught and eliminated by most virus protection software products. The Zafi.D "Merry Christmas" warnings, which date from 2004, should not be confused with the 2007 "Merry Christmas" variant of the Invitation (or Olympic Torch) hoax.
Last updated: 6 December 2007
Naraine, Ryan. "E-Card Holiday Virus Packs Ugly Punch." eWeek.com. 15 December 2004. Roberts, Paul. "Zafi Worm Hides Behind Christmas Cheer." PCWorld.com. 14 December 2004.