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Feds escape Bugbear bite

The variant of the Bugbear computer worm that started to spread throughout the Internet on June 5 doesn’t appear to have adversely impacted federal agencies, according to initial reports from cybersecurity experts. Hit by a wave of fast-spreading, Internet-borne viruses over the past few years, agencies, like many corporations, have moved to shore up virus protection and cyberdefenses, agency security officers and security experts noted. Bugbear is an Internet mass-mailing worm. Once activated on a computer, the worm e-mails itself to addresses found on the local system. The sender address in a message can be spoofed, or forged, and so is not a direct indication of an infected user. Bugbear spreads using network shares and by mailing itself using the default Simple Mail Transfer Protocol engine. Users will know that they have been infected by the presence of a non-standard .EXE file in the startup folder, virus experts said. Full Story

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