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Flaw in Fizzer's Code Provides Vital Hint of Infection

The Fizzer worm (W32/Fizzer-A), which has this week spread via email, file-sharing networks and internet relay chat, has been found by Sophos researchers to contain a bug which has reduced its chances of spreading even more widely. The worm drops a number of files onto infected user’s hard drives and makes changes to the Windows Registry in order that the files are run when the computer is restarted. However, sometimes these dropped files do not work correctly and cause the infected computer to crash. “Even the least geeky people will realise that something is wrong with their computer if it crashes upon startup,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. “In this way the Fizzer worm is its own worst enemy – a more successful virus would keep quiet about the fact that it has infected you in order to give it more chance to spread.” Full Story

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