World Cup email leads to virus penalty

Friday, 7 June 2002, 12:37 PM EST

A new virus could score a surpise goal against users looking for up-to-the-minute championship results during the FIFA World Cup.

According to antivirus firm Sophos, the VBS/Chick-F virus arrives via email as a compressed HTML file that carries the subject "RE: Korea Japan Results". Once the attachment is executed, the text "Enable activeX To See Korea Japan results" is displayed.

If ActiveX is enabled, the virus will search drives C, D and E for an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) executable file. Once located, the virus will be copied into the C drive as koreajapan.chm and propagate itself to users on the same IRC channel.

The virus will then send an email to the first entry in a user's Microsoft Outlook address book with the same subject line.

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

Behavioral analysis and information security

Posted on 22 September 2014.  |  In this interview, Kevin Watkins, Chief Architect at Appthority, talks about the benefits of using behavioral analysis in information security and how behavioral analysis can influence the evolution of security technologies.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Tue, Sep 23rd
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //