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New Bagle Worm Variant Spreading Quickly Via Email, But Sophos Customers Proactively Protected

  • 28 January, 2005 10:38

<p>Anti-virus experts at Sophos have warned internet users to be on the lookout for a new variant of the Bagle email worm which has been seen spreading quickly in the wild. Sophos is advising computer users to ensure their anti-virus protection is up-to-date to protect against attacks via email.</p>
<p>The W32/Bagle-AY worm spreads via email and peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. It will also attempt to disable anti-virus and security systems running on infected PCs.</p>
<p>Subject lines used by the worm include:</p>
<p>Delivery service mail
Delivery by mail
Registration is accepted
Is delivered mail
You are made active</p>
<p>"Everyone should be cautious of unsolicited email attachments and be wary of what they download from internet file-sharing networks," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "So far, 2005 has been fairly quiet in terms of brand new virus outbreaks – if everyone applied computer security common sense it would help keep it that way."</p>
<p>Sophos defends customers with proactive protection –</p>
<p>Although the W32/Bagle-AY worm was only discovered on 27 January 2005, Sophos anti-virus products have been capable of detecting it proactively through their generic detection capabilities as W32/Bagle-Gen for over 4 months without requiring an update.</p>
<p>"Sophos's proactive detection of this new version of the Bagle worm demonstrates the expertise of the Sophos research and development teams and provides a world class level of protection to millions of business customers around the globe," continued Cluley.</p>
<p>Sophos recommends companies protect their email gateways with a consolidated solution to defend against viruses and spam. Businesses should also secure their desktop and servers with automatically updated protection.</p>
Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mobile)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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