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Netsky.q Is Most Dangerous Of Three New Worms

by Marianna Schmudlach / March 30, 2004 1:42 AM PST

The 17th in the long-running series is rated as more dangerous than new versions of the Bagle and Sober worms.
By Gregg Keizer, TechWeb News

New variations of several prominent and persistent lines of worms hit the Internet Monday as the wave of malicious code copycats continues.
Brand-new versions of the Netsky, Bagle, and Sober worms made it into the wild, with the Netsky variant, dubbed Netsky.q, the most troublesome of the trio.

Most anti-virus companies ranked Netsky.q, the 17th in the long-running series of pernicious worms, as a "medium" threat as it took off. Symantec Corp. raised its rating on Monday from a "2" in its 1-through-5 scale to a "3", while Network Associates bumped up Netsky.q from "low" to "medium."

Netsky.q's distinguishing characteristics are a combination of social engineering first used by the MyDoom worm, and an exploit of a 3-year old vulnerability in older editions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser.

More: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=K4APMBBNEFN4KQSNDBCSKHQ?articleID=18600151

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