E-card virus warning for Christmas

Thursday, 19 December 2002, 2:12 PM EST

Thousands of European companies fall prey to viruses every month, and this figure is rising as more employees send Christmas cards through cyberspace.

A new virus called Yaha was identified by London-based watchdog Message Labs on December 13. Meanwhile new versions of the existing Trojan, Bride B and Happy 99 viruses are also spreading in the Christmas boom.

While many e-card sites are legitimate and fun, some online Christmas cards are used as smoke screens, says Alex Shipp of Message Labs. "First they will remove your anti-virus program so that you do not know they are there, then they do all sorts of nasty things like mailing out your address book so that your friends will be affected."

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