Mayor of Plattsburgh tussles with Kournikova

April 04, 2001 Sophos Press Release

Daniel Stewart, mayor of Plattsburgh, NY in the USA has issued a public warning to computer users to be wary of email from him - as it may contain a virus.

Mayor Daniel Stewart revealed to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican newspaper that he had been the unfortunate victim of the VBS/SST-A worm, which forwards itself via email purporting to contain a graphic of Russian tennis ace, Anna Kournikova.

"The Mayor has done the right thing by warning people that emails from him may be infected. If there's anyone to blame here it's the virus author," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "The virus author wrote and released the worm into the wild - infecting thousands of people around the globe in the process. To help reduce the threat from viruses we should all practise safe computing, avoid opening unsolicited email attachments and keep our anti-virus software up-to-date."

Ironically, the author of the worm which infected Mayor Stewart has himself been offered a job by the mayor of his home town in the Netherlands.