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.

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