LEGISLATIVE FLASH
: 2002-10-09
E-MAIL WORM CONTINUES TO SPREAD
An e-mail-borne computer virus that lets hackers control infected machines remotely continues to spread and constitutes the most severe attack this year, experts say. The worm, known as W32.Bugbear, or I-Worm.Tanatos, infects computers that use Microsoft's Windows operating systems. It was first spotted a week ago and has spread to dozens of countries. Once a machine is infected, a hacker could steal and delete information from it. Some subject lines for the e-mail are "bad news," "Membership Confirmation," "Market Update Report," and "Your Gift."
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