New bagle virus on the loose

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McAfee’s Avert antivirus team said that it had decided to increase the newly identified Bagle variant’s threat rating to medium.

To date, the security firm said has received over 150 reports of the virus, which is a mass-mailing worm that comes in the form of a ZIP file.

Most of the reports arrived from Brazil, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the US with the majority of samples being found by home users rather than corporate users.

‘ is a mass mailing threat that contains its own SMTP engine to construct outgoing messages. It harvests addresses from local files and then uses the harvested addresses in the ‘From’ field to send itself,’ said Avert, in a statement.

The virus also contains a remote access component, which sends out a notification and copies itself to folders that have the phrase shar in the name, such as common peer-to-peer applications such as KaZaa, Bearshare and Limewire, Avert said.

More information on and cure for this worm can be found online at the McAfee AVERT site located at .

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