Sunday, January 27, 2008

Security Risk : A New Worm Spotted

Today, a new worm has been spotted in the wild and, according to security company Trend Micro, it affects most flavors of the operating system produced by Microsoft, including Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and Server 2003.

The worm WORM_SILLYFDC.CY has a high damage potential and a high distribution potential,two elements that underline the worm's capability to reach your computer and harm the data stored on it.It can get into your PC while visiting any infected page.However, the worm may also be dropped by another piece of malware, Trend Micro explains.

The main targets of the worm are two important Windows functions: the Automatic Windows Update and the Task Manager. Both features of the operating system are disabled, so the users would not be able to update their Windows version or to check the running processes in order to shut down the infection.

Just like many other recent worms, WORM_SILLYFDC.CY spreads itself through the clean removable drives connected to the computer. Every time a removable drive is plugged into the system, the worm copies an Autorun.inf file to execute itself once the device is connect to another PC.

So,to be on the safer side,update your anti-virus with latest virus definitions and be safe.

Happy Surfing !!


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