New Mass Mailing Virus
A new mass mailing virus is spreading around the Internet today. Most of the Anti-Virus vendors are calling it Bagle.B. This virus harvests email addresses from infected computers and uses those addresses as the To: address while spoofing the From: address. The primary characteristics of the emails it sends are as follows:
* Subject: ID <random characters>... thanks
* Yours ID <random characters>
* - -
* Attachment: <random characters>.exe
If the attachment is opened, it will create a backdoor on tcp port 8866 and
will search 4 websites for email addresses to announce the IP address of
the infected computer to would-be hackers. Afterwards the infected
computer will start mass-mailing the virus laden emails to any email
addresses it finds on the infected computer.
Verify that your Anti-Virus software is up to date, and continue to practice safe computing practices. If you were not expecting the attachment don't touch it.
For more technical details please check the following websites.
Symantec - http://firstname.lastname@example.org
McAfee - http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=description&virus_k=101030
Sophos - http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/analyses/w32tanxa.html
(or your favorite Anti-Virus Vendor's website)
Thanks to Scott Fendley for the use of this information.
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Handler on Duty
Feb 18th 2004
1 decade ago