New Worm Targets Outlook E-Mail and AIM Users
Symantec is warning of a new security threat that spreads by Microsoft Outlook e-mail and AOL Instant Messenger.Security software maker Symantec is warning of a new worm that uses the blended threat technique found in other recent worms. The worm comes in two forms, W32.Aphex@mm and W32.Aplore@mm. Its primary function is to mass-mail itself via a Microsoft Outlook address book, but it also uses IRC and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) to propagate. Symantec Security Response rates viruses and worms on a 1-to-5 scale, according to how serious the threat is, with 5 the most serious. Aphex/Aplore has received a rating of 2 at this point, and Symantec Security Response has received 25 submissions containing at least one form of the worm. The e-mail attachment that spreads the worm via Microsoft Outlook has the following name: Psecure20x-cgi-install.version.6.01.bin.hx.com. The subject line and body of an infected message will contain a period onlyno text.
If an infected machine connects to AIM, the worm sends one of the following one-line messages to AIM users listed as contacts: