Sri Lankian Patriots Enter the Fray of Virus Writing

16 May 2001
Virus News

Kaspersky Lab, an international data-security software-development company, warns users about the detection of the latest Internet worm, "Mawanella", that was created by someone utilizing the virus writing kit VBS Worm Generator, which is better known as having been used to spawn the "Kournikova" virus epidemic at the beginning of this year. Our technical support department has received several reports of this worm being detected "in the wild."

Manwanella arrives to a computer in the form of an e-mail that appears as follows:

Upon opening the attached MAWANELLA.VBS file, the worm is activated and displays the following window:

At the same time, the worm copies itself to the Windows system directory using the same name; however, the copied file is not used any more. The worm then gains access to the MS Outlook address book, sending itself to all of the e-mail addresses listed here.

Detection and removal procedures for the Internet worm "Mawanella" have already been added to the Kaspersky Lab anti-virus database.

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