Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global
network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have warned
users about new viruses and Trojan horses related to the Bagle worm
which have been spammed out to internet users. Sophos is advising
users to ensure their anti-virus protection is up-to-date to
protect against attacks.
Sophos has received reports of the W32/Bagle-EX worm and the
horses in the last 24 hours, issuing protection against all of
If the attached viral file is run, the malicious code can
install further malware from the internet, giving access to remote
Many viral emails have been seen containing one of the following
New Year's Day.
Happy New Year
We congratulate happy New Year
"It's important that businesses and home users ensure they are
properly protected with automatically updated anti-virus software,
and never open unsolicited email attachments," said Graham Cluley, senior
technology consultant at Sophos. "The criminals behind these
viruses and Trojan horses don't stop just because it's the holiday
season. They are counting on people returning in the New Year and
not thinking before opening their email."
Sophos recommends companies protect their email with a consolidated solution to thwart the virus and spam
threats and secure their desktops and servers with automatically
updated anti-virus protection.