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[ISSForum] ISS Security Brief: MyDoom Mass-Email Worm
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Internet Security Systems Security Brief
January 26, 2004
MyDoom Mass-Email Worm
ISS X-Force has detected the aggressive propogation of a new Internet worm
that spreads via email. Known as MyDoom or Novarg, this worm harvests
email addresses from your hard drives and will mail copies of itself to
addresses that it finds. It spoofs the "From" address to confuse victims
as to the source of the virus. MyDoom spreads as an e-mail attachment that
is either in an executable or zip archive format.
Aggressive propagation of mass-email worms have been known to cause
localized email outages due to the load placed on email servers. MyDoom
has been spreading very aggressively and is a serious threat to certain
networks. It is also believed that this worm contains a proxy that may
allow the infected computer to relay "spam" email.
For the complete ISS X-Force Security Alert, please visit:
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