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Govt warns of new virus

Govt warned of a computer virus which is very destructive in nature and is being activated on every third day of the month.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 16:44 IST
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Department of Information Technology on Thursday warned of a computer virus which is very destructive in nature and is being activated on every third day of the month mainly to attack the operating systems that most of the computers across the world run -- Microsoft.

The virus 'Nyxem', a memory resident mass mailing and its variants, is spreading in the wild to attack Microsoft Windows systems, said the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), which is working under the Department of Information Technology (DIT).

The worm propagates by sending an e-mail attachment to target users. It also spreads through network shares. Upon activation, it replaces the content of user's files and reduces the size of all user data files to 1KB. The virus has aliases such as W32.Blackmal.E@mm, W32/Kapser.A@mm, W32/MyWife.D@MM, Win32/Blackmal.F, WORM_GREW.A [Trend Micro], Win32/Blackmal.F [Computer Associates], Nyxem.E (F-secure).

It tries to spread to network shares with weak password.

The emails sent by the worm uses some obscene subject lines, message content and attachments as detailed below. Mostly this contains obscene languages/ titles.

Scan the system to check infection of the worm by running removal tools as referred on CERT-In website and install and maintain updated Anti Virus software, the advisory issued by CERT-In said.

It also says do not open suspicious e-mails, not to open mail if it has some funny subject/attachment and do not visit un-trusted websites and not to download and install software of unknown origin.

The toll free number for assiatnce from CERT-In are 1800 11 4949 and 1800 11 4949.