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Swen Virus Continues To Fool Users

Swen sends a message that claims to contain a cumulative patch for several security vulnerabilities in Outlook, Outlook Express and Internet Explorer. Once a machine is infected, the worm distributes itself to addresses found in a user’s system. “Swen,” a mass e-mailing virus, continues to spread worldwide, adding yet another concern to a growing heap of problems that have plagued Windows customers in recent weeks. The W32/Swen@MM worm, also known as a Gibe.F virus, initially was launched late last week. It arrives on PCs as a fraudulent Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) software-update message that easily can fool users who have been busy trying to keep up with patches issued by Microsoft for previous attacks. Swen exploits a Microsoft Internet Explorer flaw revealed two years ago. The worm sends a message that claims to contain a cumulative patch for several security vulnerabilities in Outlook, Outlook Express and Internet Explorer. Once a machine is infected, the worm distributes itself to addresses found in a user’s system. The new bug also spreads through P2P and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) networks, and can copy itself across shared networks. Full Story

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