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SCI/TECH: New E-mail Worm May Spoil the Holiday

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posted on Jul, 4 2004 @ 10:48 AM
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As people return to work, some having enjoyed a long weekend thanks to the celebration of U.S. Independence Day, they may find a grim situation as another new mass-mailing Internet worm spreads across networks worldwide.
 


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A new internet virus is expected to clog mail servers, cause severe slowdown and wreak financial damage as it spreads rapidly around the world when businesses return to work today. The mass-mailer worm, dubbed Evaman, was discovered only yesterday but is already being likened to the MyDoom worm that cost businesses hundreds of millions of dollars in January.

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Symantec, a leading antivirus vendor, has given this new worm a "category 2" (Low) threat assessment, due primarily to its high distribution rather than it destructiveness. The primary threat it poses stems from its potential to overwhelm networks with traffic as it attempts to spread.

Tim Hartman, senior technical director at the security firm Symantec, said Evaman had the potential to be "every bit as bad as MyDoom. It's really shaping up like that."
He warned that messages carrying the virus would usually have subject headings like "failed transaction" and "failure delivery". The body of the text would entice recipients with messages like: "This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification. Delivery to last recipient failed. Email returned as attachment text file."


Earlier this year the “MyDoom” worm threw business networks into chaos and causes massive problems across the Internet. Symantec rated “MyDoom” as a Category 4 (Severe) threat, the next highest threat category possible.

As of this writing, other antivirus vendors have not made announcements concerning this new worm, but if it does break out such update should be forthcoming.

Those who use Microsoft operating systems, including Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP are at risk. Users of other operating systems like Linux and Macintosh are safe from this worm.

To avoid infection by this and most other mass-mailing worms, e-mail users should run an antivirus program with real-time protection, keep the antivirus signatures up-to-date, never open e-mail attachments unless they are expecting them - then only after scanning them for infection- and never run programs downloaded from the Internet before they have been scanned for viruses.

Related News Links
The Australian
Symantec on ‘Evaman’
Symantec on ‘MyDoom’
AVG Antivirus News
Trend Micro Virus Threats
Sophos Antivirus


[edit on 4-7-2004 by Spectre]




posted on Jul, 5 2004 @ 08:49 AM
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The experts, including Symantec, are revising down the estimates of problems caused by the new "Evaman" worm. This should allow IT employees to enjoy the remainder of a long weekend if they have not already been called in to deal with it.

Symantec: New mass-mailer worm poses no major risk
A new mass-mailing virus may have borrowed a trick or two from MyDoom's infection ploy, but it is unlikely to cause widespread damage, says a senior Symantec official.

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This original incarnation of "Evaman" only send messages to addresses found on Yahoo's "People Search" e-mail directory. The worm does not include the capability to send its own e-mail (it lacks an SMTP engine), instead relying on a list of 15 mail servers belonging to Internet Service Providers including Earthlink and AT&T. The worms was discovered early enough to allow those companies to enable filters to prevent the spread and antivirus companies to create updates that detect and remove it.

The inevitable variants that will come out will likely address these shortcomings.



posted on Jul, 5 2004 @ 12:08 PM
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Originally posted by Spectre
Those who use Microsoft operating systems, including Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP are at risk. Users of other operating systems like Linux and Macintosh are safe from this worm.


Says it all.



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