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Managed security firm Activis whose e-mail content management and filtering service, e:)scan protects thousands of users from viruses and other unwanted e-mail, today warn of a new virus that has been spotted in the wild.

The virus named Nimda.A-mm, and nick-named Code Rainbow, spreads in two ways. Firstly, it spreads via e-mail, in a message with random subject headings, and an attachment with the filename of Readme.exe. Secondly, it spreads via webservers, similar to the recent Code Red worm, by targeting vulnerabilities in Microsoft IIS.

John Cheney, managing director Activis stated “this is another example of how people make the difference and having the latest anti-virus software is not always enough. Members of the Activis operations team responded quickly to ensure no customers were at risk and are now working to discover more about how this latest annoyance originated and what threat it poses to companies not protected.”

Cheney continued, “this virus is particularly dangerous and needs to be blocked before it arrives on a users computer, as the executable file can run without the need for double-clicking. Simply viewing the page in Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Outlook Express using the preview pane can result in infection. Therefore advising users to exercise caution when opening e-mail attachments, is too late, as the damage may already be done. By employing a third party such as Activis to manage this process, companies can be assured of fast, effective response to contain these threats. Additionally, users of Activis’ Vulnerability Scanning Service (VSS) would have been able to detect which of their systems were at risk from the IIS vulnerabilities exploited by Nimad, and closed them.”.

Graeme Pinkney, Service Delivery Manager, Activis, warns ‘this could be the forward reconnaissance before the major onslaught of malicious viruses. Since Code Red, we have seen Code Blue and now Code Rainbow, each getting more virulent. Where does the Rainbow end? Is there a pot of gold or a sea of mass destruction waiting round the corner?”

About Activis

Activis offers managed security services to enable customers to secure their IT infrastructure 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service operates worldwide with security management centres (SMCs) established in Germany, the UK and the USA and includes fully managed Firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and content management services.

Activis is the first managed security service marketed through distributors, OEMs, resellers and VARs, offering customers the highly secure service infrastructure of a partner with long-term expertise in security solutions and services. Activis is part of Articon-Integralis AG, the European market leader in the IT security solutions sector.

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Media Information


Neville Rawlings
Insight Marketing and Communications
Tel: 01276 410 320

Ann Fielder
Insight Marketing and Communications
Tel: 01276 410 315

Techinical spokesperson

Graeme Pinkney
Activis Ltd
Tel: 01189 13 0851
Mb 07718805799

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