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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Kama Sutra worm set to bite next week

Security vendor IronPort warned Thursday that these machines are now hard-coded to propagate the virus on Feb. 3.  Companies are unlikely to be directly affected if they are running up-to-date antivirus software, because the major antivirus vendors have now released patches.  But IronPort warned that companies could experience secondary effects, as the virus tries to propagate itself by harvesting e-mail addresses on an infected machine.  This will cause additional e-mail and network traffic and a possible slowdown in e-mail response time,” said Jason Steer, a technical consultant at IronPort.  F-Secure has reported that Nyxem.E reached the top position on Thursday in its virus statistics list, with 21.7 percent of all reported infections.

The worm has infected some 300,000 systems, according to a Lurhq analysis of logs from a Web site statistic counter that the worm uses to keep track of its spread.

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6031881.html

Posted on 01/26
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