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Old Virus Has a New Trick: Mailing Itself in Quantity

If the e-mail message offers “details,” “That movie” or “Wicked screensaver,” don’t open the attachment. (And why are you still opening unsolicited attachments, anyway? Don’t you ever learn?) One of the most common rogue computer programs on the Internet made a virulent reappearance yesterday. The virus, known by security companies as SoBig.F, spread rapidly by e-mail messages across computer networks. MessageLabs, an e-mail security company that described the virus in an alert yesterday, said it was “spreading very vigorously.” Other virus experts were more blunt. “It’s shooting off like a rocket,” said Ken Dunham, malicious code intelligence manager for iDefense Inc. in Reston, Va. The flood of e-mail does not necessarily mean that especially large numbers of machines are infected, he said. This bug is simply more efficient than previous programs at sending itself around. The mail program that the virus uses is “multithreaded,” which allows it to send out many copies at once. Full Story

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