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NEWS - December 14, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: New Christmas Card email worm spreading

For release December 14, 2004

New Christmas Card email worm spreading

F-Secure is warning computer users around the world about a new email worm
that passes itself on as a fake Christmas Card.
Virus writers are honouring this Christmas with a new virus known as Zafi.D.
This email worm spreads in emails that are written in several different
languages based on the recipient. The Christmas greeting could be written in
English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish and several other languages.

The message is a simple Christmas wish. Following text is an example of
English message:
Sender: Pamela M.
Subject: Merry Christmas!

Happy Hollydays!

The infected attachment has an extension of .pif, .cmd, .bat, or .com file.
When run, the virus displays a decoy error message saying "Error in packed
file!". After this the virus spreads further and installs a backdoor that
will allow the virus writer to take over the infected computer.
The worms sends messages in the respective languages to the following country
.hu .sp .ru .dk .ro .se .no .fi .lt .pl .pt .de .nl .cz .fr .it .mx .at ..es

"We have seen viruses that send fake Christmas cards almost every Christmas,
says Mikko Hypp

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Microsoft extends NT, Exchange support

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Corporations that have yet to migrate or finish migrations from Windows NT were thrown a bone last week by Microsoft , which extended fee-based custom support for the expiring NT and Exchange 5.5 platforms.

Microsoft officials say the custom support provides security hotfixes for vulnerabilities deemed "critical" and "important" for NT through 2006 and for Exchange 5.5 through 2007.

Both platforms are facing an end to support, with NT expiring Jan. 1, 2005. Extended support for Exchange 5.5 was slated to end next year. Microsoft won't extend life-cycle support for the two platforms, which includes publicly available support materials.


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Desktop search tools a virus writers' best friend

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Companies should not deploy a desktop search tool without first considering the security implications because they could end up helping virus writers, say security experts.

Desktop search tools, such as those recently announced by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, are designed to make it easier for users to find information stored on their hard drives. However, security experts are warning that virus writers could use the new tools to make their malware more efficient.

Foad Fadaghi, senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan Australia, said that most viruses are designed to harvest e-mail addresses and other personal information from an infected system. He warns that, because desktop search tools can index and categorise that information, virus writers are likely to start exploiting the technology.


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MPAA targets core BitTorrent, eDonkey users

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Published: December 14, 2004, 12:01 PM PST
By John Borland
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

update The Motion Picture Association of America launched a new legal campaign Tuesday targeting the BitTorrent and eDonkey file-swapping networks, two technologies widely used to trade movies online.

Ratcheting up its previous online antipiracy efforts, the Hollywood group is working with law enforcement agencies in the United States and Europe to target and arrest individuals who play a critical role in the functioning of each type of network.

Criminal actions have already been filed in Europe, including the seizure of seven Net-connected servers, with their operator still wanted by French police, a representative of the French government said.

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