And you think I am going to click on an anonymous link on a forum with the warning "Be very careful what you open......"?
A fast-moving email worm that began spreading on Thursday has been able to affect hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide, anti-virus provider Symantec warned.
The email arrives with the subject “Here you have.” An executable screensaver that's disguised as a PDF document then tries to send the same message to everyone listed in the recipient's address book. The .scr file is a variation of the W32.Imsolk.A@mm worm Symantec discovered last month.
In addition to spreading through email, it can propagate through mapped drives, autorun and instant messenger. It also has the ability to disable various security programs.
The worm is a throwback to attacks not seen in almost a decade, when the Anna Kournikova and I Love You attacks wreaked havoc on email systems worldwide. The Here You Go worm appears to different in that the malicious payload is downloaded from a page on members.multimania.com, rather than being attached to the email. That could make efforts to eradicate the worm easier.
Then again, McAfee said multiple variants of the worm appear to be spreading, so it's not yet clear that the malicious screensaver is hosted by a single source.
Thanks for the warning. Nice to know we're watching out for each other.
Since I hadn't heard of the site and that you just posted a link with a warning and nothing else to judge the validity of the site.Since when was The Register anonymous?
That's a bit harshThen again, Dereck sure loves to troll.
The US-CERT warned Friday of a new mass-mailing worm that contains a link to what looks like a PDF file but instead is a malicious screensaver file that will interfere with security software on Windows-based computers and spread the message to everyone in the e-mail address book.
Subject lines of the variants include "Here you have" or "Just for you," and "This is the Free Dowload (sic) Sex Movies, you can find it Here," according to McAfee Avert Labs.
The worm can also spread through remote machines, mapped network drives, and removable media via the Autorun feature, said McAfee, which detects the virus as W32/VBMania@MM.
Does this affect Mac users?
I still strongly believe it's the end-user their responsibility to change their behavior regarding content they didn't ask for.
Improve the way you deal with online content, to improve your security. Requires nothing but a tiny change in behavior.
Don't open emails you didn't ask for. Is obviously one of those tips.