New Worms Stretching Across Web

Two new low-threat worms are making the rounds on the Internet Thursday, continuing the plague of malware that began in January and has shown no signs whatsoever of abating. Of the two worms, known as Mywife and Snapper, the former appears to be the more worrisome and have the greater potential for spreading widely, security services said. Mywife arrives in an e-mail with a spoofed sending address and any one of several vaguely pornographic subject lines, including, "very hot XXX" and "FW:RE: Hot Erotic." The body of the e-mail also varies and some of the messages are quite graphic.

The e-mail contains two attachments, one of which is simply a graphic file that displays a fake Norton AntiVirus 2004 logo, supposedly certifying that the other attachment is virus-free. The second attached file is compressed and can have any one of several names, including: Aprilgoostree, Parishilton, Rickymartin or a handful of profanities. The compressed file contains a third file with either an .exe or .scr extension, according to an analysis of the worm done by Panda Software Inc.

News source: eWeek

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