This worm wishes you a Happy New Year

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An e-mail worm disguised as a New Year's greeting is making the rounds on the Internet.

Worm-laden messages are titled "Happy New Year" and contain an attachment called either postcard.exe or postcard.zip, according to experts at VeriSign's iDefense Labs, which provides information on security flaws and exploits. If the attachment is opened, malicious software is downloaded from the Internet and can infect computers running Windows operating systems.

Once a computer is infected, it looks for open mail proxies and begins spamming mail to infect other computers. The worm is already moving quickly across the Internet, at a rate of five e-mails per second on at least one large network, according to the iDefense Labs Web site.

Security experts say that although the virus looks similar to the Warezov Trojan horse that has plagued the Internet for the past month, it is actually a new variant of the worm and has been largely undetected as of December 28. iDefense performed a triage analysis of the threat and found that more than a dozen codes were installed on a computer from several worm and Trojan horse families. More than 160 e-mail servers are used by the worm to send out spam to potential victims, the company said.

Antivirus software maker McAfee issued several advisories over the holidays, warning customers to be wary of such Trojans. On Wednesday, it cautioned users about a malicious e-mail attachment named Christmas+Blessing-4.ppt that installs software enabling attackers to remotely access a compromised computer.

Like many Trojans, the "Happy New Year" worm is not recognized by all virus scanners, so users should be extremely cautious when opening e-mail attachments, experts say.

Source: news.com.com
 

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Well it's a good thing I never got that email. :nothing:
 

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you would think that people had realised not to open such files from emails
 

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New year has already passed. But it was pleasant to me. These guys have a sense of humour.
 

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even tho the new year has passed, im certain this could still spread. if you got a new year greeting now at this time of year you would still probably open it wouldnt you lol
 

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It is so easy to get caugth up in something and not even think before you do something. When I recieve emails from an unknown source I generally disregard it and open it or even click attachments. As cybercrime is getting worse I have learned to use more caution. Now if I recieved an email like this...deleted.
 

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Worms and viruses are pain in the ass...!! they tend to fcuk up with us!!