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Netsky.C worm starts to spread

Latest mass mailer mutant mauls the internet. Security experts have discovered a new version of the Netsky internet worm, warning that it is spreading around the world. W32/Netsky.C spreads via shared networks and by emailing itself to addresses found within files located on drives C: to Z: on compromised computers, antivirus firm Sophos warned. When executed, Netsky.C emails itself out as an attachment with a randomly chosen filename. The worm spreads via email by using addresses it collects from files with certain file extensions. Security firm McAfee’s Avert division has warned that the worm also tries to spread through peer-to-peer applications that use shared folder names containing the words ‘share’ or ‘sharing’. Antivirus company Central Command noted that initial indications of the worm’s spread show that it “has the potential to be another major outbreak”, with over 1,500 infections reported in fewer than 40 minutes of first discovery. Full Story

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