Separately, IT security services firm BitDefender has distanced itself from a new virus that spoofs the "email@example.com" address. In a notice to customers BitDefender said the virus, dubbed Sticy.A, contains an IRC backdoor that prompts users to download malicious executables. "We expect this to be the work of a bored Romanian student. ... The whole setup is amateurish in the extreme. Nevertheless, we have been receiving about 20 bounced e-mails per minute, so I suspect the virus is spreading at a steady pace," said BitDefender Chief Technology Officer Bogdan Dumitru."The hosting company of the Web site in question has been contacted and asked to remove the offending site. Users are strongly advised to not follow the link or download the executables in question under any circumstances whatsoever, to update their anti-virus with the latest virus definitions and to initiate a full scan of their computers at their earliest convenience," the company said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis.
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