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ADMIN: Holiday Risks

  • Subject: [iris-photos] ADMIN: Holiday Risks
  • From: John Jones <jijones@usjoneses.com>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 07:57:54 -0800

During the holidays, email often carries legitimate holiday greetings
from friends and family. Sadly, these greetings may carry a bitter
payload hidden within the Christmas cheer. Arriving in an email with the
subject line of "Happy New Year", the attached "Christmas.exe" uses an
icon from Macromedia® Flash™ in an attempt to trick users into opening
the file. However, the file is really a malicious virus written in
Visual Basic 5 that delivers a nasty payload along with a political
message. The payload consists of disabling the keyboard, deleting
security software, and deleting files in the C:\Windows\System
subdirectory. This follows a trend set by other recent worms, wherein
certain antivirus and firewall software is disabled on the system,
leaving infected users vulnerable to further threat. The article "How
Vulnerable is Your Security?" discusses the ease with which recent worms
have disabled security software. 

For more information and instructions on how to delete the virus:


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