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Bagle Variant, Google-bashing Worm Making The Rounds

Chris Richardson
Staff Writer
Published: 2004-10-29

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There are two new malicious email worms traveling around the internet this Halloween weekend, so be careful. One is designed to attack the infected computer, while the other is designed to execute a denial of service attack.

The first worm, a Bagle variant, is being once again being transported through email communication. According to The Register, the infected email contains an executable file in either the COM, EXE, or SCR category, housed in an attachment with names like Joke or Prince. Subject lines of these offending emails are typically 'Re: Hello' or 'Re: Thank you!'.

Bagle-AT can be spread across p2p networks by making copies of itself into folders that are shared out. The variant also carries a backdoor that will allow other malicious files to be executed on an infected computer. Bagle-AT has been labeled a medium to high security threat.

The other email worm targets a DOS attack against Google, Microsoft and the Hungarian Prime Minister's website. The worm, called Zafi-C, is categorized a low risk threat, and all seem to only affect computers running the Windows operating system.

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