New Bagle Variant Heightens Alert Levels
Submissions pour in to anti-virus companies, raising levels as the worm drops itself into the Windows system folder, sets Windows to load it at startup and begins sending copies of itself to harvested e-mail addresses.A new variant on the Bagle worm has elicited increased alert levels from anti-virus companies owing to increased numbers of submissions, from both consumer and corporate clients. Known as W32/Bagle.af@MM to McAfee, WORM_BAGLE.AF to Trend Micro and W32.Beagle.AB@mm to Symantec, the new version is rated "medium on-watch" by McAfee and "category 3 - moderate" by Symantec. Click here to read about another Bagle variant.
Symantec reported Friday morning that submissions were trending downward. "At its peak, our experts were tracking approximately 30 submissions per hour. However, now we are seeing the numbers trending downabout 10 submissions per hour. To date, Symantec has received a total of 264 submissions57 from corporate users."