F-SECURE WARNS OF FAST-SPREADING E-MAIL VIRUS: MAWANELLA Thursday 17 May 2001 PDF Print Politically-motivated virus apparently protests over recent inter-religious violence in Sri Lanka May 17, 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 VBS/VBSWG-Z / Mawanella. The company has rated it as a Level 1 alert, its highest-risk category. Mawanella is an email-aware worm. The worm copies itself to a file called Mawanella.vbs in the Windows System directory. It then forwards itself via email to every contact in the user's Microsoft Outlook address book with the following text: Subject: Mawanella Body text: Mawanella is one of the Sri Lanka's Muslim Village Attached file: Mawanella.vbs The worm displays a message box saying "Please Forward this to everyone". It then displays a window showing a burning house with the text: "Mawanella is one of the Sri Lanka's Muslim Village. This brutal incident happened here 2 Muslim Mosques & 100 Shops are burnt. I hat this incident, What about you? I can destroy your computer I didn't do that because I am a peace-loving citizen." Apart from mass-mailing, the virus seems to have no other active mechanisms. F-Secure has added detection of this virus version to its anti-virus software 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 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.