"Cute" trojan horse spreading by e-mail

Friday, 10 May 2002, 1:02 AM EST

Antivirus companies is warning users to look out for an e-mail worm that could allow attackers to take over their machines and try to damage firewall and security programs.

McAfee.com unit and Symantec are both warning computer users to watch out for an e-mail message with a subject line: "Thoughts..."

Inside, users find a short note reading: "I just found this program, and, i dont know why... but it reminded me of you. check it out." Inside the message is an attachment called Cute.exe.

Statements released by both Symantec and Sunnyvale, California-based McAfee say the package will unleash a Trojan horse worm that will look for security programs inside a user's machine and attack them. Both companies have labeled the worm a "low" risk and offer instructions on their Web sites on how to remove it.

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