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Gruel worms launch cruel attack on Microsoft, Sophos says beware

NetXactics, southern African distributor for Sophos Anti-Virus, has reported that the new Gruel worm (W32/Gruel-D), the latest in a number of variants of the worm – which poses as a critical security patch from Microsoft – actually attempts to launch a double-edged attack on the Windows operating system. In addition to attacking the Windows installation, the worm displays a message abusing the Microsoft operating system. The worm, which arrives with the e-mail subject line ‘Microsoft Windows Critical Update’, claims to include patches for the latest security vulnerabilities. However, if the attached file is opened, a fake message box can appear berating the Windows operating system in a lengthy tirade. Insults include: “Windows sucks…Windows has always sucked…It’s a scam and Capitalism Sucks! Communism Sucks.” Full Story

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