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Edit MessageUploaded - 28 Jul 2004 11:25



The W32/MyDoom-O worm travels in the form of an email attachment, attached to a message pretending to be from the user's internet provider's or company's support team saying that their PC has been used by hackers to send spam.

The MyDoom-O worm can generate a number of different emails when spreading itself. A typical example sent by the virus looks as follows:

Dear user <email address>,
Your account was used to send a large amount of spam during this week. Obviously, your computer had been compromised and now runs a trojan proxy server.

Please follow instruction in order to keep your computer safe.

Have a nice day,
<domain name> user support team.

So, if your email address was the email would be signed from the " user support team".

"Computer users are becoming aware that spammers take over innocent third party computers to send their marketing messages," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "This worm plays on that fear and pretends that users have already been hacked and exploited by spammers. All computer users should keep their anti-virus up-to-date and ensure they never launch an unsolicited email attachment."


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