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Wallon virus wrecks Windows Media Player

by Marianna Schmudlach / May 12, 2004 10:08 AM PDT

Last modified: May 12, 2004, 11:44 AM PDT
By Munir Kotadia
Special to CNET News.com

A new mass-mailing virus called Wallon, which wipes out Windows Media Player and is activated when a user tries to play MP3 or video files from an infected PC, was discovered in Europe on Tuesday.

Traditionally, mass-mailing viruses such as Netsky and Bagle are spread as attachments. When an unsuspecting user opens the infected attachment, it executes a piece of code that usually attempts to steal the user's address book and often opens a back door to give hackers easy access to the system's resources.

Maikel Albrecht, a product manager at Finnish security company F-Secure, said that because of recent virus outbreaks, users are less willing to open e-mail attachments, which is why Wallon's author is counting on users clicking on an e-mail link instead.

"The link in the e-mail points to the actual virus, so if you click the link, you download the virus," Albrecht said.

More: http://news.com.com/2100-7349_3-5211168.html?tag=nl

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