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New Computer Worm Attacks Business PCs

Associated Press News Wire (
Sun, 17 Dec 2006 00:48:43 -0600

A computer worm is attacking some business PCs through a flaw in
antivirus software by Symantec Corp., a security company warned

EEye Digital Security, based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., said the worm,
dubbed "Big Yellow," began attacking some computer systems on Thursday --
seven months after eEye first discovered the flaw.

Symantec released a patch to address the flaw in May, but it's up to
its corporate customers to install it. Officials at the Cupertino,
Calif.-based security software company said Friday it had so far
received three reports of systems affected by the worm.

"It is definitely a new worm, and it is looking for vulnerable
systems, but we're not seeing any evidence of a significant outbreak
or infection," said Vincent Weafer, a senior director at Symantec's
security response unit.

Big Yellow enters machines through a security hole in the corporate
version of Symantec's antivirus software. Once infected with the
worm's "bot" program, a hacker can use it as a way to connect with
other computers for malicious attacks.

EEye urged corporate information-technology departments to fix the flaw.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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