New Mass Mailing Worm

(Aug 3, 2003) Sophos, a global leader in computer anti-virus protection for businesses, is urging system administrators to take action against W32/Mimail-A, a new mass-mailing worm which has hit hard in the United States.

“W32/Mimail-A arrives in an email claiming to be from your administrator,” says Paul Ducklin, Sophos’s Head of Technology, Asia Pacific. “It suggests that your email account will expire soon and urges you to read the attached information. The attachment, called ‘message.zip’, isn’t a message at all – it’s a copy of the worm, which scours your hard disk looking for email addresses for its next round of victims.”

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