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New worm avoids feds for now

A new mass-mailing computer worm that began rapidly spreading throughout the Internet Jan. 26 apparently avoids targeting the e-mail addresses of government agencies, military facilities and large software companies, according to a security expert at a leading antivirus firm. The worm — known as MyDoom, W32.Novarg.A@mm, Shimgapi or as a variant of the MiMail worm — is an encrypted program that creates a mass-mailing of itself, which may clog mail servers or degrade network performance. By avoiding federal sites and large software companies, the worm’s author could be “attempting to get lead time before antivirus definitions” are written to block the worm, said Alfred Huger, senior director of engineering with Symantec Security Response, a unit of Symantec Corp. that tracks and responds to virus outbreaks. Full Story

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