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New e-mail worm unearthed

August 31, 2001

Central Command Inc., an anti-virus software and computer security services company in Medina, this afternoon warned of a newly discovered e-mail worm that purports to be from Microsoft.

The worm — known as Win32.Invalid.A@mm — is contained in an e-mail from Microsoft's technical support department, with a subject line of "Invalid SSL Certificate."

The e-mail advises downloading an attached "patch," which then destroys .exe files and extracts all e-mail addresses it can find on the hard drive and forwards the same patch to them.

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