Friday, January 19, 2007

When Worms Attack

As if hundred-mile-per-hour winds aren’t bad enough, a malicious worm is making the rounds in Europe and elsewhere, using e-mailed storm warnings as a way to propagate itself.

In the latest sign that virus writers are getting craftier in their nefarious work, the nasty Storm Worm masquerades as legitimate e-mails with subject lines bearing storm alerts, such as “230 dead as storm batters Europe.”

The e-mails are being sent with worm-infected attachments — “video.exe,” “fullstor.exe,” or “readmore.exe,” among other names — designed to wreak all sorts of havoc on PCs.

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