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Lovgate Worm Mutates, Spreads in Asia

The Lovgate email worm, last seen in February, has reappeared in Asia in several new variants Security firm Trend Micro has reported seeing the virus in Singapore, South Korea and Japan and has given it a medium risk alert rating. WORM_LOVGATE.J, named after the virus program, is currently spreading in Korea, from where there has been a “significant number of infection reports”, according the statement from Trend Micro. Two variants of this worm, detected as WORM_LOVGATE.I and WORM_LOVGATE.K., have been reported in Singapore and Japan. All are related to the Lovgate.C worm, discovered in February. The LovGate virus generally first appears as an attachment to an email message. It uses typical social-engineering tricks — such as email headers that promise free software, ask for help or advertise sexual content — to convince PC users to run the attached program. It then integrates itself with the victim’s operating system. Full Story

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