The Yamman worm targets Yahoo! mail users
Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of threat analysis centers, have issued protection against a worm which targets users of Yahoo! webmail.
"Businesses tend to use their own email systems rather than the type of free webmail accounts offered by the likes of Yahoo!, Hotmail and Gmail," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "The good news is that Yahoo! appears to have already fixed the problem, meaning that the Yamann worm can no longer spread via its systems."
A representative for Yahoo! has been quoted in the press confirming that the vulnerability has been removed from its systems, and that Yahoo! mail users do not have to take any further action to avoid infection by the worm.
"We have taken steps to resolve the issue and protect our users from further attacks of this worm," said Kelley Podboy of Yahoo!. "The solution has been automatically distributed to all Yahoo! Mail customers, and requires no additional action on the part of the user."
Companies are recommended to protect their email with a consolidated solution to thwart the virus, spyware and spam threats and secure their desktops and servers with automatically updated anti-virus protection.
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