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
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
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
For more information, please contact:
Mikko Hyppönen, Manager,Anti-Virus Research
Tel. +358 9 25205513
Fax +358 9 2520 5001
Gsm 358 400 648 180
The Edge Partnership
(+44) 1625 511966 / 511967 (fax)
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