Finnish data security company
F-Secure told reporters today that a computer virus called "Storm
Worm" was sent to hundreds of
thousands of email addresses globally.
Knowing how many e-mail users do not blind-copy (BCC) their friends when
sending mass e-mails, the numbers could be much higher. According to F-Secure,
"Storm Worm" is spreading very quickly.
Representatives from F-Secure said "the Small.DAM (Storm-Worm) we posted
on earlier spread very fast during the night, Helsinki time. The heavy seeding
through spam was quickly obvious on our tracking screens. The worm was spread
throughout the world very rapidly." The actual virus is called Small.DAM
and at this time the origin of the virus is unknown.
F-Secure indicated that those who receive any of the following lines in the
subject line of an email are likely recipients of the "Storm Worm"
The virus also comes with one the
now, F-Secure advises that users act cautiously when working with their
email, use common sense and have anti-virus measures installed. "Storm
Worm" is a trojan and will allow an infected computer to be remotely
controlled for malicious purposes such as a denial-of-service attack or data