PayPal scam tries to jumpstart Mimail worm

Friday, 16 January 2004, 12:11 AM EST

After releasing a version of the Mimail e-mail worm last week, virus authors are using a tool this week to help it spread: spam e-mail containing a Trojan horse program that, once installed, retrieves and installs the worm.

The new threat, which targets customers of eBay's PayPal online payment service, highlights a growing trend in which online criminals combine computer viruses, spam distribution techniques, Trojan horse programs and "phishing" scams to circumvent security technology and fool Internet users, said Carole Theriault, security consultant at Sophos in Abingdon, England.

By Paul Roberts at NetworkWorldFusion.

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