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Attack of the talking worm



A virus writer has released a worm that speaks to its victims, ZDNet UK reports.

The Amus worm uses the Windows Speech Engine, embedded on Windows XP, to play the following message: "How are you. I am back. My name is mister hamsi. I am seeing you. Haaaaaaaa. You must come to turkiye. I am cleaning your computer. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. 0. Gule. Gule [bye bye]."

The worm, which runs after the Windows XP boot-up music has played, deletes DLL and INI files to cause Windows to fail. It spreads automatically via an email entitled "Listen and Smile" and alters home page settings on Internet Explorer.