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22 Mar 2002

Sophos Anti-Virus says Bill caricature isn't funny


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

The worm arrives in an email with the subject "bill caricature" and an attachment named "cari.scr". If the recipient runs this attachment, a cartoon of Bill Clinton appears, playing a saxophone from which a bra is emerging. The worm also forwards itself to everyone listed in the victim's address book. Text at the end of the email says "No viruse [sic] found", and quotes the name of a well-known anti-virus company (MCAFEE.COM), to give the impression that it has been scanned and found to be clean.

"Users shouldn't automatically believe everything they read in an email," said Natasha Staley, anti-virus consultant, Sophos. "Fortunately, the terrible spelling in this worm's message will leave well-informed users in no doubt that this email is one to be avoided. Those practising safe computing should not be caught out."

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

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