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12 Feb 2001

Kournikova worm smashes through the net

 Anna

Sophos Anti-Virus, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, has warned users to be wary of a new in-the-wild worm that poses as a picture of the popular Russian tennis pin-up, Anna Kournikova. The worm has been widely reported as infecting users around the world.

The worm, known as VBS/SST-A, arrives in an email with the subject line "Here you have, ;0)" and an attached file called AnnaKournikova.jpg.vbs

When launched the file does not display a picture of Anna Kournikova but launches a viral Visual Basic Script that forwards itself to everybody in your Microsoft Outlook address book.

"This virus is the latest to exploit psychology to aid its spread amongst innocent users," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "Pictures of Anna Kournikova are amongst the most popular on the internet. Our message to computer users is simple - don't let unsolicited email attachments lead you into temptation".

Sophos Anti-Virus has issued an update which protects against VBS/SST-A.

Sophos advises users to remain suspicious and to practise safe computing all year round.

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