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Trend Micro warns WORM_MIMAIL.R recipients of virus’ spoofing capabilities

  • 29 January, 2004 11:36

<p>Spoofing falsely blames recipients for propagating virus</p>
<p>Sydney, January 29, 2004: Trend Micro, a global leader in network antivirus and Internet content security software and services, warns recipients of WORM_MIMAIL.R about the virus’ spoofing capabilities.</p>
<p>A common element in today's viruses, spoofing means recipients can never tell where a virus has actually come from. Every current virus fakes out the 'from' line in emails, preventing it from being traced back to the original virus writer.</p>
<p>Chris Poulos, Managing Director for Trend Micro Australia and New Zealand said, “Spoofing occurs when a virus captures the emails addresses within a system and mails itself to each person on that mailing list. This fools the mail system into believing that it was sent from another address stolen from the same mailbox.”</p>
<p>Since spoofing has become common practice it has confused many people worldwide.</p>
<p>“You can no longer tell where a virus originates based on where the email itself seems to come from. As such, Trend Micro would like to advise and educate the general public about spoofing so innocent people do get blamed by their friends and peers for passing on a virus like WORM_MIMAIL.R,” said Mr Poulos.</p>
<p>“Cases of misdirected blame are quite common. In fact, a couple of days ago, Trend Micro Australia had a distraught call from an elderly lady about WORM_MIMAIL.R,” said Clive Wainstein, Product Marketing Manager for Trend Micro Australia and New Zealand. She was in tears because the virus had spoofed her email address book and as a result, she was receiving calls from friends and family blaming her for forwarding them a virus.”</p>
<p>To this end, Trend Micro continues to work on new detection and authentication methods to prevent the harmful effects of virus spoofing. “When there is a better solution for spoofing it will come to you from Trend Micro,” said Chris Poulos.</p>
<p>WORM_MIMAIL.R, also known as Mydoom, W32/Mydoom@MM, Shimg or Novarg by other antivirus companies, belongs to a new malware family and has since been spreading at an explosive rate via spam worldwide. It runs on Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP, and launches denial of service (DoS) attack against the Web site www.sco.com</p>
<p>For now, those affected by WORM_MIMAIL.R can automatically remove this malware from their system, by visiting http://www.trendmicro.com/download/dcs.asp. Users can also visit Trend Micro’s free online virus scanner, HouseCall, at http://housecall.trendmicro.com to scan and remove WORM_MIMAIL.R from their systems.</p>
<p>ENDS</p>
<p>About Trend Micro
Trend Micro is the world leader in providing centrally controlled server-based virus protection and content-filtering products and services. By protecting information that flows through Internet gateways, email servers and file servers, Trend Micro allows companies and service providers worldwide to stop viruses and other malicious code from a central point before they enter the network. For more information visit www.trendmicro.com</p>
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