F-SECURE WARNS OF FAST-SPREADING E-MAIL VIRUS: HOMEPAGE Wednesday 9 May 2001 PDF Print 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 The Edge Partnership (+44) 1625 511966 / 511967 (fax) This message has been scanned by F-Secure Anti-Virus for Microsoft Exchange. For more information, connect to http://www.F-Secure.com/ This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Context PR in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.