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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

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

The Edge Partnership
(+44) 1625 511966 / 511967 (fax)

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