posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 02:11 AM
The Zafi.D is a worm
masquerading as a holiday greeting, rated as a three on a scale of 1 to 5 or a moderate risk so says anti virus firms. It is getting around as an
email attachment that reads "Happy holidays" And now it comes in Italian, Spanish, English, Swedish, Russian and several other languages.
This is an older Zafi that appeared in April of this year but this worm has the holiday twist to it, only users duped into double clicking the
attachment can become infected. The worm scans for email addresses and sends copies of itself out to every address and allows attackers to gain remote
control, shut off firewalls, anti virus software and delete applications.
Worm Disguises Itself as "Holiday Greeting"
Zafi.D spreading in South America, Europe
By Bob Sullivan
Updated: 4:59 p.m. ET Dec. 16, 2004
A new computer worm that poses as an electronic holiday greeting card is causing some headaches for Internet users. The Zafi.D worm is "still
spreading around the globe," software security company Panda Software said. Other anti virus firms said the worm posed a moderate risk. Symantec
rated it a three on a scale of 1 to 5. McAfee describes the risk as "medium.” We’ve received just under 300 submissions from our
clients," said Brian Dunphy, director of global delivery with Symantec's security response team. "We have seen some sustained activity, but not on
the scale of Netski or other big viruses earlier this year."
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Beware of those unknown e-mail greeting cards that have in the Subject line: Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! make sure you virus protection programs
are up to date the Zafi.D is out and making the rounds through Europe and South America. It should not be too much of a problem in North America as by
the time most people arrive for work the anti virus firms have had a chance to up-date and add protection to their software packages
[edit on 12-17-2004 by Zion Mainframe]