Virus researchers at Sophos are warning users to beware of the
latest Bagle worm, Bagle-AQ, which burst
onto the scene late yesterday.
Bagle-AQ spreads as an email with a blank subject line and the
message text 'new price'. Attached is one of a number of ZIP files
all of which also refer to 'price'. If run, the worm attempts to
download a copy of Bagle-AQ from a number of websites, and the
download is repeated every ten hours.
"The Bagle worms in all their various guises are becoming a real
pain in the neck for the world's computer users - this is the 43rd
variant," said Carole Theriault, security consultant, Sophos. "We
received a huge number of reports in the first few hours of it
being the wild, suggesting that Bagle-AQ was spammed out."
"This worm might seem easy to spot because of the blank subject
line, but up-to-date anti-virus software will ensure that computers
will be protected from it, even when it travels at break-neck
speeds. We have seen many viruses dupe users into double-clicking
with the promise of scantily clad celebrities, but this one relies
on good old curiosity," continued Theriault.
Sophos recommends that all unsolicited emails are treated with