New worm steals user data

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A new Internet worm that steals information from users' computers and tries to shut down two Web sites is spreading, according to a PC World article.

The worm, dubbed Mimail.C, is a variant of the W32.Mimail worm that surfaced in August. All of the primary antivirus vendors say they have updated their software to protect customers against the newly discovered worm.

Mimail.C was discovered Friday. It arrives as an e-mail message with "our private photos" in the subject line and an attached .zip archive file called "photos.zip." The sender's address is faked to be "james" at the receiver's domain and the body of the message promises revealing photos of a girl at a beach.

Infection starts when the recipient unpacks the "PHOTOS.JPG.EXE" file from the attachment and runs it. The worm will harvest e-mail addresses from the user's PC to mail copies of itself to additional recipients. It will also send information captured from applications the user has open to certain e-mail addresses programmed into the malicious code, the antivirus companies say.

The worm will also attempt to launch a denial of service attack on Web sites at darkprofits.com and darkprofits.net.
 
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