Anna Kournikova is used to bringing the house down with her tennis skills, but bringing networks down is a new game altogether.
However today, that’s what many companies will have witnessed.
The new mass-mailing worm/virus, similar to the infamous ‘love bug’ virus from last year, has the subject header "Here you have, ;o)" and an attachment entitled 'AnnaKournikova.jpg.vbs'
Once opened, the virus replicates itself to the contents of your Microsoft Outlook address book, causing havoc around the world.
This is another variation on the love-bug theme and shows how the key to preventing infestation lies in the people who are monitoring the network and how quickly they can react to these threats. Companies who don’t have 24x7 monitoring could be waking up to a huge problem tomorrow.
Managed security expert Activis intercepted 2000 copies of this virus in the first 30 minutes and worked quickly on a patch to ensure no damage to customers’ networks.
Although this virus operates along the lines of the ‘love bug’ virus, which was a visual basic script, AnnaKournikova contains embedded executable code inside a vb script designed to avoid detection by standard anti-virus tools.
Activis offers managed security services to enable customers to secure their IT infrastrutucture 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service operates worldwide with security management centres (SMC’s) established in Germany, the UK and the USA and includes fully managed Firewall’s, Virtual Private Networks (VPN‘s) and content management services. Activis is the first managed security service marketed through distributors, OEMs, resellers and VARs, offering customers the highly secure service infrastructure of a partner with long-term expertise in security solutions and services. Activis is part of Articon-Integralis AG, the European market leader in the IT security solutions sector. Additional information about Activis is available on the Internet under www.activis.com
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