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New Netsky variant blames users

Netsky.Q first appeared today and is spreading. A new version of the Netsky e-mail worm is on the loose. It’s programmed to launch a distributed denial-of-service attack on peer-to-peer networks, contains a message blaming users for spreading viruses and says Netsky’s authors want to stop hacking and illegal file trading, antivirus software companies warned. Netsky.Q first appeared today and is spreading on the Internet. It is the 17th variant of the worm to be released since Netsky first appeared in February, antivirus companies said. The Q variant arrives in e-mail file attachments with .pif (Program Information File) or .zip file extensions. Netsky also tries to exploit a long-patched Microsoft Corp. security hole that allows file attachments to be launched automatically when the e-mail message is read, according to F-Secure Corp. in Helsinki. Full Story

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