That e-mail attachment is not a Twitter invite

Symantec says fake Twitter invite that comes with an attachment is a mass-mailing worm, which gathers e-mail addresses from compromised PCs.

Twitter invites have a URL in the e-mail and not an attachment like this worm attack does, Symantec says. Symantec

Symantec is warning about a mass-mailing worm that comes in an attachment pretending to be a Twitter invite.

"The observed messages appear as if they have been sent from a Twitter account; however, unlike a legitimate Twitter message, there is no invitation URL present in the body," a Symantec blog post says. "Instead, the user will see an attachment that appears as a .zip file that purportedly contains an invitation card."

The name of the attachment is "Invitation Card.zip" and Symantec identified it as W32.Ackantta.B@mm, a worm targeting Windows computers that was discovered in an e-card virus attack in February, according to Symantec. The worm gathers e-mail addresses from compromised PCs and spreads by copying itself to removable drives and shared folders.

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