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Latest Zafi Worm Wreaking Holiday E-Mail Havoc

Lisa Minter (
Thu, 16 Dec 2004 11:59:26 EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Zafi.D worm, which disguises itself as an
e-mail holiday greeting, is currently the most frequently detected
worldwide virus, software security company Panda Software said this

The worm is most commonly found in South America, Italy, Spain,
Bulgaria and Hungary and spreads itself in an e-mail attachment that
says "Happy holidays!"

Glendale, California-based Panda also noted in a statement on
Wednesday that the virus has the ability to adapt to the language of
the user, matching the message's language to the domain of a user's
e-mail address.

In addition, Zafi.D -- which appeared for the first time on Tuesday --
enables attackers to gain remote control of an affected computer,
Panda said.

The worm is not expected to have much effect on the United States
because the time difference with Europe gave advance warning to
U.S. anti-virus companies, broadcaster CNN said on its Web site on

This is the fourth incarnation of Zafi, with the first one detected
last April, CNN said.

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