New variant of mydoom detected

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  1. Lisa

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    Hi Everyone,
    Please ensure you have latest updates as there has just been detected a new variant of mydoom (mydoom.b).
    As detected by Kaspersky Antivirus (3.05pm GMT)

    Taking Kaspersky Lab total to 80988 known viruses detected.

    Regards
    Lisa KL UK
     
  2. JayK

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    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/68569/1/.html
    - Edit by LWM: added URL tags.

    Says " HELSINKI : The Mydoom.B computer virus spreads by users opening their e-mail, even if they leave attachments closed, making it more virulent than its predecessors, Mikko Hyppoenen, of Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure, told AFP.

    "Some variants of the Mydoom.B version will run automatically from the e-mail, it's enough to just open and read the mail," Hyppoenen said Thursday.

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    In the first version of the bug, recipients of corrupted e-mails only ran the risk of infection if they opened attachments.

    "It will cause it to spread quite quickly," Hyppoenen said.

    First detected Wednesday evening, the latest variant also uses a backdoor function of the first version to update itself and attack more computers.

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    WTF?? So if i just open the email and not the attachment i get infected?? Even if I was not infected before? Regardless of my email client?

    We are all dead then.
     
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