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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Bagle virus peril in empty e-mail

Another variant of the computer virus, Bagle, has quickly been making its way across the net, say security experts.

Anti-virus firm MessageLabs gave it a 'high outbreak' rating after it caught more than 850,000 copies by Wednesday.

The Bagle bug arrives as an empty e-mail. If the attachment is opened, it releases a trojan which downloads the actual virus from various locations.

Security experts said computer users should protect themselves by ensuring anti-virus programs are updated.

The attachment, which arrives in the blank e-mail, is a zip file that tries to download a trojan horse from a pre-selected list of websites when it is opened.

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