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New virus spreading "as fast as Anna Kournikova bug"

May 9,2001 -- F-Secure Corporation, a leading
provider of centrally-managed, widely distributed security solutions is
alerting computer users worldwide about a new, rapidly spreading e-mail
worm named VBSWG.X, also known as Homepage, is an encrypted e-mail worm
found in the wild on May 9th, 2001.

The company has received many reports of infection, especially in Asia and
Australia.

This is an encrypted worm generated with VBSWG virus kit. It is similar to
the widely spread Anna Kournikova virus from February this year. Homepage
spreads using Outlook. This new virus sends messages with a subject
"Homepage"
and a message text: "You've got to see this page! It's really cool ;O)".

When the attached file is executed, the worm will send (mass mail) itself
to each recipient in every address book. After this, the worm attempts to
open
one of four x-rated web pages. However, the mass-mailing part of the code
generates much more serious consequences, including overloading e-mail
servers and public relation problems.

"Early propagation reports indicate that this virus is spreading faster
than many of the biggest viruses we saw last year", comments Mikko Hypponen,
F-Secure's head of anti-virus research. "It seems to be spreading faster
than Anna Kournikova".

As soon as F-Secure got got a sample of the virus, it added detection of
this virus version. This took around two hours, and took place Wednesday
9th 2 AM UK time.


For more information, please contact:

Mikko Hyppönen, Manager,Anti-Virus Research
F-Secure Corporation
Pl 24
FIN-02231 Helsinki
Tel. +358 9 25205513
Fax +358 9 2520 5001
Gsm 358 400 648 180
E-mail: Mikko.Hypponen@F-Secure.com
http://www.F-Secure.com



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