PETALING JAYA: Antivirus vendors said they have detected the appearance of new Q, R and S variants of the Bagle worm.
The most dangerous of the three is variant Q, which was spreading very rapidly, Panda Software Malaysia said in a statement last night.
Bagle.Q spreads via e-mail in a message with extremely variable characteristics. The e-mail message however does not include an attached file carrying the worm
Instead it uses a "carrier e-mail" method to bypass antivirus protection, said British security software vendor Sophos.
When you open a carrier e-mail, it attempts to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook which automatically downloads Bagle.Q from the PC which sent you the "carrier" e-mail.
The downloaded copy of Bagle.Q is placed into your system folder with the name "directs.exe".
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