A new computer virus created on the back of last week's tragic events in London has been condemned for its cruelty.
West Midlands businesses have been warned to be on the alert for the virus, which can hit various versions of Microsoft Windows and arrives in an email with Terror hits London as the subject line.
Those who follow the link or open the attachment in the email could have their computer infected with a program which puts it under the remote control of the virus creator.
Chris Newman, IT director at Worcester-based Morley Systems, said: "Computer viruses exist in many forms but for the creators to take advantage of the terrorist attacks in London is particularly cruel.
"Anyone who receives such an email should therefore be very careful.
"The content of the email tells the reader to follow links to video footage of one of the explosions.
"However this does not exist and instead the computer will become infected. The emails may also claim to have an attachment of the 'footage'.
" In addition to looking out for this particular e- mail, I would advise everyone to ensure their anti virus and protection software is fully up to date on all personal computers, business computers and laptops."
John Lamb, spokesman for Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, was equally scathing.
"But as a subject this particular virus is clearly the work of idiots - I would just hope that it can be eradicated as soon as possible."