Yahoo! says the Yamanner worm is contained
A worm that targeted Yahoo! Mail users has now been ‘contained’ according to the company. Almost 200 million mailboxes were put at risk yesterday with the emergence of a worm dubbed [email protected]
Yahoo! says that it has now issued a patch to all Mail users and no further interaction from customers is necessary. However, as a further precaution, Yahoo advises its subscribers to keep their anti-virus protection up to date and avoid any messages that come from [email protected] The vulnerability does not affect the newest version of Yahoo! Mail that is currently in beta.
The fallout from the worm not only affected Yahoo! Mail users. Because Yahoo! has close links with BT Broadband, customers with BTInternet mail addresses found their mailboxes filling up with triplicate copies of files and messages that had already been deleted as the mail servers struggled to cope with the traffic. However, BT Broadband users are not directly threatened by the malware itself.