was discovered: on 4 November 2001 and has now hit Southport and the UK
as it awoke on Monday.
It has hit a
large amount of businesses throughout Southport and the UK - I received
200 emails alone containing a virus called "W32/Badtrans@MM"
from businesses throughout Southport. It manages to get
through a lot of email virus checkers. So UPDATE your
systems defenses now.
This outbreak in the UK originated from the support team at BT Openworld at the weekend.
The virus spreads via your email
address book, but it hits AOL users as well! There are several
versions out there called "W32/BadTrans@M"
& "W32/Badtrans.eml" This new version "MM"
drops a worm in to your system (A program that eats its way into other
programs). This worm looks for passwords, stealing them and then
attempts to mail the victim's IP Address to the author.
Once this information is obtained, the author can connect to the
infected system via the Internet and steal personal information such
as usernames, and passwords. But it can also allow the copying and
access to credit card and bank account numbers and passwords.
This nice virus also uses Microsoft Outlook and other systems like
Outlook, by replying to unread email messages on your
- Click above for more information.