Joke.exe Internet worm making the rounds again!

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Virus Alert! Joke.exe Hybris worm making the rounds!

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This question was answered on May 4, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

A new version of an Internet worm discovered in November of 2000 is making the rounds with a slightly different look.

For the most part, this worm masquerades as a joke e-mail that pretends to start the joke in the message with the rest, presumably, in the attached file (joke.exe).

The message is as follows:

Subject: Hahaha [[email protected]]

Message body: Today, Snowhite was turning 18 The 7 Dwarfs always where very educated and polite with Snowhite When they go out work at mornign, they promissed a *huge* surprise Snowhite was anxious Suddlently, the door open, and the Seven Dwarfs enter...

Attached file: Joke.exe

The attachement contains the Hybris worm which can automatically spread itself to anyone in a Windows based address book.

Do not open the "joke.exe" attached file as it will launch the worm.

Signs of infection include a spiral that will randomly appear on your screen.

For a full technical description as well as removal instructions, go to:

<a href="http://vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k=98873&" target="_blank"><font color="#003399">>http://vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k=98873&</b></font></a>

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on May 4, 2001