Supposed airline e-mails bogus, might carry computer virus

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Airlines including Northwest and Sun Country are warning people who got e-mails saying they owe the carriers hundreds of dollars for a ticket that the messages are bogus and may contain a computer virus.

A technology official at Northwest says NWA itineraries are specific and should contain information a customer will recognize. He says customers who get unexpected e-mails with information about plane tickets should not open attachments and delete the e-mail.

An expert in computer viruses tells the Star Tribune that the latest round of bogus e-mails began arriving in in-boxes in the Twin Cities just after 7 a.m. Friday. He says they appear to have come from an e-mail server in Russia that originated two other recent mass deliveries of spam.

Infection of an individual’s computer by the virus could allow hackers in remote locations to access private information in the computers and use it for identity theft.

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