Virus claims e-mail to be shut down



Malicious program poses as note from local network boss

Aug. 1 — Antivirus firms have issued warnings about a tricky new malicious program which arrives as an e-mail that claims recipients’ e-mail accounts “will be expiring.” That menacing message has apparently duped many Internet users into opening the attached file, Just hours after its discovery, most antivirus firms rated the worm a medium risk. The virus appears to be an attempt to harvest e-mail addresses, and may have been initially distributed as a spam mail, experts say.