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article imageSex movie worm racking up victims around the world via email

By Kev Hedges     Sep 10, 2010 in Internet
An e-mail that booby traps unwitting readers by offering free sex videos is spreading around the world and gaining more victims by the hour.
There are many varients to the email but one that is sent via Windows contains a link to a PDF file but users clicking on the link are not getting any free movies but instead receive malware that hacks into their Outlook address book. After it has been installed the worm will then send a copy to itself using every address it can find.
The subject line contains the line "here you have" and an attachment that appears to link to a PDF file but in fact links to a web site hosting malicious malware. The rogue site then attempts to disable any anti virus software so as not to be detected.
BBC Technology reports that it is not yet widespread and the worm also tries to find victims by looking for open net links from infected PCs and exploiting the Windows Autorun feature on USB drives and other attached media.
Five large corporations have so far been affected by the worm and its systems are struggling to cope. Nasa, AIG, Disney, Procter & Gamble and Wells Fargo are all noted as having their systems penetrated by the worm mainly via their email servers
The website hosting the worm was shut down yesterday (Thursday Sept 9) but security firms expect new variants to manifest themselves over the weekend.
Mary Landesman, an anti virus expert quotes: "Antivirus software is simply not enough. An email worm can spread worldwide in just minutes, but it takes hours for antivirus vendors to analyze, create, and deploy signature updates."
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