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 Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* Early Worms Get the Birds

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The first worms of the year are upon us.

The UK-based anti-virus firm Sophos has said it has discovered a mass-mailing worm, which offers a Happy New Year message in the form of a photograph of naked bodies.

It said that the W32/Wurmark-D worm (Wurmark-D) travels as an attachment, with the emails pretending to be a seasonal greeting. When the attached virus is launched the worm displays a graphic image of nude men and women contorting to form the words "Happy New Year", while the malicious worm is secretly installing itself behind the scenes, and forwarding itself to other computer users.

"Once activated this worm will harvest your computer hunting for other email addresses to send itself to, and try and turn off anti-virus software," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Anyone who forgets to exercise caution before running this unsolicited email attachment could be in for a rude awakening."
Anyone who forgets to scan an unsolicited attachment before opening it... argh!
 

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