MessageLabs warn of new Bagle email worm epidemic

Security experts at MessageLabs are warning of a new email worm epidemic, racking up roughly 50,000 reports an hour.

The new worm arrives as an attachment in a blank email (both the subject line and body text are blank). If the recipient runs the attachment, the virus is activated and trawls through a list of online resources attempting to download a variant of the Bagle virus.

It also scours the infected computer for email addresses so that it can send itself on. The emails appear to have originated from a Yahoo! group.

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