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Tech Alert Briefing for 3/14/2002



New Virus Spreading Rapidly in the Wild
Several virus companies are reporting a new Internet worm, W32/Fbound-C, is spreading rapidly in the wild. The worm, which sends itself to everyone in a user's address book, uses its own SMTP routines to distribute itself.

The worm does not contain a destructive payload but is listed as a significant risk because of its high potential distribution.

The worm arrives in an email which will have the following characteristics:

Subject line: Important
Attached file: Patch.exe

The message body of the email will be blank.

Related Information:
Sophos W-32/Fbound-C
MessageLab Top 5 Virus List
Trend Micro WORM_FBOUND.B
Symantec Response Center - aka W32.Dotjaypee@mm



Previous Tech Alerts:
03/08/02 Unauthorized E-Mail Scam Attempts to Steer Unwitting Customers to Fraudulent Bank Web Site
03/06/02 Klez-E Worm and W32.Gibe Virus Warnings
03/01/02 CERT Issues Warning on PHP Scripting Language Flaw
02/27/02 CERT Issues Warning on Internet Explorer and Outlook Flaw
02/22/02 SNMP Patches and Detection Tools Available
02/20/02 Email Address Belonging to Legitimate Security Site Hijacked to Deliver Dangerous Yarner Worm
02/15/02 Mass Mailing Email Worm Compromises Word 2000 Security Settings
02/13/02 SNMP VULNERABILITY
02/07/02 Bloodhound Mass Mailing Worm and Managing Risks in Wireless Networks
02/04/02 Microsoft Issues Collection of Security Fixes for Windows 2000
01/31/02 Copycat Virus Unleashed
01/30/02 Netscape Browser Vulnerable to Cookie Theft
01/28/02 "My Party" Mass Mailing Worm
01/18/02 IT Contingency Planning Guide, Information Security Checklist and Solaris Vulnerability
01/15/02 Trojan.StartPage Alters Web Browsers
01/12/02 New Internet Worm Gigger Masquerades as Microsoft Outlook Upgrade
01/08/02 Microsoft Universal Plug and Play Vulnerability
12/20/01 Holiday Themed Computer Virus Unleashed

First published on 03/13/2002

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