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Spammers' Scavenging E-Mail Virus Surfaces on Net

A new computer virus capable of harvesting millions of e-mail addresses from infected PCs was rapidly spreading across the Internet Monday, security experts said. The infection, known as “Bagle” or “Beagle,” appears to be the handiwork of spammers keen to collect a batch of e-mail addresses they can then re-sell to other spam e-mail marketers or keep for their own use. “Bagle” also contains code that could turn an infected computer into a veritable “spamming” machine. Security experts said it is patterned after the recent “Sobig” and “Mimail” outbreaks, which also turned scores of computers into zombie machines that spammers can control remotely to send torrents of get-rich-quick and sex aid messages to other computer users. Full Story

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