W32/Sobig.f@MM (High Risk)
A new variant of W32/Sobig, W32/Sobig.f@MM is a High Risk
mass-mailing worm. It arrives as an email attachment with a .pif or .scr
extension. When run, it infects the host computer, then emails itself (using
its own SMTP engine) to harvested email addresses from the victim's machine.
In addition, when it propagates, the worm "spoofs" the "from:
field", using one of the harvested email addresses. So exercise care when
opening emails with attachments. An infected email can come from addresses
Because it sends so many emails, a worm like Sobig also saps
bandwidth and slows network performance. Worse, it can also open up a user's
computer port, making it vulnerable to hackers, who can plant dangerous
Trojans. These malicious programs often let unauthorized users remotely take
over a system, steal personal information or use the infected PC to send
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