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Old school Windows malware

by Nikola Strahija on July 23rd, 2005 A message purporting to come from an alien is in reality the latest Windows PC-infecting computer virus. The Sundor-A worm displays a picture of an alien with the following message: "I'm the alien. Have a happy week. I liked your computer" upon infection.


If you open an infected Word document you get the pox. Sundor-A then goes about deleting programs and documents from the infected computer's hard drive and disabling security software, potentially leaving compromised PCs open to further attack.

Sundor-A relies on someone to deliberately send infected files to prospective victims. It doesn't mass-mail itself, a factor that has limited the spread of the malware. -In many ways it's an old school virus. We don't see anything like as many Word viruses as we did back in the mid-late 1990s, and its graphical payload seems like the behaviour of older 'classic' viruses too. It is possible that some users may believe that it is a joke program sent from a friend rather than something deliberately malicious, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at anti-virus firm Sophos.


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