Automated kits fuel virus epidemic
The flood of variants of the Bagel and Netsky viruses shows that more and more people are learning more about viruses and how to tweak them.
Netsky.D and Bagel.G have been discovered today, and the rate of new variants shows no sign of slowing.
Netsky.D spreads via email as an executable attachment only. It scans both the local PC and network drives for email addresses to send itself too. Tomorrow, any computer infected by the worm will beep constantly from the PC's speaker from 06:00 to 08:59.
Bagel.G is more of a social engineering attack, with the infected email using a wide variety of headers and messages to convince the user to open its Trojan payload.
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