My party worm gatecrashes PCs

Sophos Press Release

It's my party and I'll infect if I want to...

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, is warning computer users against the new My Party email worm (aka W32/MyParty-A) which is spreading in the wild.

The worm, which may appear to have come from a colleague or friend, arrives as an email with the subject line 'new photos from my party!'.

The message reads: 'Hello! My party...It was absolutely amazing! I have attached my web page with new photos! If you can please make color prints of my photos. Thanks!'

Attached to the email is a file called which some users may believe is a link to a website. In fact once the file is launched the worm sends a copy of itself to every contact in the Windows Address book.

"This worm uses cunning social engineering to spread itself," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "My Party dupes users into thinking they'll see exciting snaps of frolicking partygoers. Instead of blushing over embarassing photos, infected users will be red-faced about forwarding malicious code to their friends, colleagues and customers."

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