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is this real or no?

NEW YORK (AP) - An e-mail-borne computer virus that lets
hackers control infected machines remotely continues to
spread and constitutes the most severe attack this year,
experts say.

The worm, known as W32.Bugbear, or I-Worm.Tanatos,
infects computers that use Microsoft's Windows operating
systems. It was first spotted a week ago and has spread
to dozens of countries.

Once a machine is infected, a hacker could steal and
delete information from it.

Some subject lines for the e-mail are ``bad news,''
``Membership Confirmation,'' ``Market Update Report,''
and ``Your Gift.''

The worm replicates itself through a Windows machine's e-
mail address book and can attach itself to previously
sent e-mail messages.

The worm can also spread through network systems and has
keystroke-logging and backdoor capabilities that allow
hackers to intercept passwords and gain access to
computers over the Internet.

It also attempts to terminate various antivirus and
firewall programs, according to Symantec Corp., which has
posted a downloadable repair on its Web site. Symantec
has rated Bugbear a severe threat.

Bugbear is currently the worst computer security outbreak
globally, Mikko Hypponen, manager of anti-virus research
at F-Secure Corp. in Helsinki, Finland, said in an e-mail
to The Associated Press.

F-Secure also has posted a fix on its Web site.

The worm is expected to last well into next year because
many consumers will not realize their computer is
infected, Hypponen said.

Microsoft issued a patch last year, Security Bulletin
MS01-027. But many users to do not keep their machines
current with patches.

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Sat, 26 Mar 2005 20:17:23 GMT  
 a new virus
Real ... the media is just about a week late on discussing this

More info go to www.sarc.com or any good AV site


: is this real or no?
:
: NEW YORK (AP) - An e-mail-borne computer virus that lets
: hackers control infected machines remotely continues to
: spread and constitutes the most severe attack this year,
: experts say.
:
: The worm, known as W32.Bugbear, or I-Worm.Tanatos,
: infects computers that use Microsoft's Windows operating
: systems. It was first spotted a week ago and has spread
: to dozens of countries.
:
: Once a machine is infected, a hacker could steal and
: delete information from it.
:
: Some subject lines for the e-mail are ``bad news,''
: ``Membership Confirmation,'' ``Market Update Report,''
: and ``Your Gift.''
:
: The worm replicates itself through a Windows machine's e-
: mail address book and can attach itself to previously
: sent e-mail messages.
:
: The worm can also spread through network systems and has
: keystroke-logging and backdoor capabilities that allow
: hackers to intercept passwords and gain access to
: computers over the Internet.
:
: It also attempts to terminate various antivirus and
: firewall programs, according to Symantec Corp., which has
: posted a downloadable repair on its Web site. Symantec
: has rated Bugbear a severe threat.
:
: Bugbear is currently the worst computer security outbreak
: globally, Mikko Hypponen, manager of anti-virus research
: at F-Secure Corp. in Helsinki, Finland, said in an e-mail
: to The Associated Press.
:
: F-Secure also has posted a fix on its Web site.
:
: The worm is expected to last well into next year because
: many consumers will not realize their computer is
: infected, Hypponen said.
:
: Microsoft issued a patch last year, Security Bulletin
: MS01-027. But many users to do not keep their machines
: current with patches.
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
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Sat, 26 Mar 2005 20:21:30 GMT  
 
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