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Anna Kournikova virus in the wild

Receiving an e-mail from a friend with the latest photographs of Anna Kournikova is hardly a rarity for much of male-blooded society. Today, however, opening that attachment could bring down your company’s mail server.

Receiving an e-mail from a friend with the latest photographs of Anna Kournikova is hardly a rarity for much of male-blooded society.

Today, however, opening that attachment could bring down your company’s mail server.

Anti-virus experts are warning that new variants of the VBS.SST@mm worm, also known as the AnnaKournikova worm, is in the wild and spreading fast. Symantec, for example, gives the virus a 4/5 score for distribution.

The virus itself is not deadly to individually infected machines. It is a mass-mailing worm that copies itself to the Windows directory and then sends the file as an attachment to every address listed in the infected user’s Microsoft Outlook address book.

The volume of e-mail this process can generate within an organisation could potentially create an effect similar to a Denial of Service attack (DOS).

The virus spreads via email with one of the following subject lines "Here you have," "Here you go," "Here you are," and text which reads "Hi: Check This!" The attachment name is "AnnaKournikova.jpg.vbs" or a similar abbreviation.

Anti-virus software specialists are urging customers to update their virus protection packages with the latest definitions from their Web sites. If you are not running anti-virus software, do your best to resist the temptation to catch another glimpse of Anna Kournikova!

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