There is a new email virus spreading through the internet. We recommend
that You update Your antivirus software to the latest version in order to
prevent Your computer being infected and spreading the virus to others.
January 28, 2002
Myparty Worm Spreading Quickly
A new mass-mailing worm hit the Internet on Sunday and has begun
spreading rapidly. The new worm is known as Myparty.A and arrives as an
e-mail with the subject line "New photos from my party!" The body of the
message reads as follows:
"Hello! My party...It was absolutely amazing! I have attached my web page
with new photos! If you can please make color prints of my photos. Thanks"
There is an attachment named www.myparty.yahoo.com, which does not point
to any Web page and is instead a disguised executable file. When
executed, the file uses its own SMTP engine to mail itself to everyone in
the infected PCs Microsoft Outlook address book. The Myparty worm
continued to spread rapidly throughout the day Monday as users in the
United States arrived at work and found copies of it in their
mailboxes. Researchers discovered late in the day that in addition to
mailing copies of itself to multiple users, the worm also installs a
Trojan on machines running Windows NT, 2000 or XP. As of 4:30 p.m. EST
Monday, MessageLabs Ltd., a U.K.-based company that tracks virus
activity, had stopped more than 9,000 copies of Myparty.A.
Symantec Corp., the Cupertino, Calif., security vendor, gave Myparty.A
severity rating of three on a five-point scale.
-- Freenet tech staff.