Friday, September 17, 2010

Beware: Old-style email worm spreading

“Here you have” email worm spreads

An old-style email worm was spreading Thursday, antivirus vendors reported. The malware, named “Here you have” for the message it carries in the subject line, includes a link that appears to be a PDF file but instead is a malicious program, according to McAfee.

If someone clicks on the link, the malware sends itself to all the contacts in the recipient’s address book and tries to disable security software. The worm harkens back to the “I LOVE YOU” virus that inundated email boxes 10 years ago. In fact, the Anna Kournikova mass-mailer from 2001 also used “Here you have” in its subject line.

ABC News reported that it was hit by the new worm, along with NASA, Wells Fargo, Comcast and Disney. McAfee rated the malware as a medium risk.

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