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Viruses get creative

Trend Micro is warning the Australian IT community of a new e-mail-born virus.

TROJ_SHOCKWAVE.A, a mutation of the Navidad virus release, is spread via Microsoft Outlook.

According to Trend Micro, the virus arrives via an e-mail with a subject line reading "A great Shockwave flash movie".

To maintain the facade of a standard e-mail, the message also contains the text, Check out this new flash movie that I downloaded just now...It's Great!.

The TROJ_SHOCKWAVE.A virus contains an attachment by the name of CREATIVE.EXE.

When executed, the attachment sends copies of itself to all the addresses listed in the Microsoft Outlook address book. It also changes the filenames of all the .jpg and .zip files and moves them to the C:\ root directory.

Trend Micro believes the virus has already surfaced in Australia, and is offering free virus scans at its online scanning service at http://housecall.antivirus.com.


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