Windows virus ‘Bagle.B’ spreading; Macintosh unaffected

“A variant of the mass-mailing Bagle virus started spreading Tuesday, as U.S. businesses returned from the long weekend,” Robert Lemos reports for CNET News.com. “Like the original virus, Bagle.B spreads by sending an e-mail message with an attached copy of its code; a PC is infected when the recipient opens the attachment. The virus, which is programmed to stop spreading Feb. 25, installs software on a person’s PC to allow Bagle.B’s creator to take control of the computer.”

“While the current variant of the virus is similar to the original Bagle, it seems to have taken off a bit faster, said Joe Telafici, director of operations for the antivirus and vulnerability emergency response team at security company Network Associates,” Lemos reports. “‘We are seeing a little bit bigger spike with (reports of) the B variants than with the original virus,’ he said. The first reports of Bagle.B started coming in at 4:30 a.m. PST, he added, but by 7 a.m., the rate at which customers submitted reports started falling off. ‘It is already tailing off rapidly,’ he said.”

“Network Associates rated the virus a ‘medium’ threat, and rival security company Symantec similarly gave the program a 3 on its 5-point scale for Internet threats. E-mail security firm MessageLabs said it stopped about 17,000 copies of the attachment in e-mail messages blocked by its service,” Lemos reports. “Bagle.B, also referred to as Beagle.B by Symantec, appears in an e-mail that may come from someone the victim knows. The e-mail has a subject line of ‘ID (random number)…Thanks.’ The virus is attached to the e-mail as an .exe file, which, when opened, will infect the computer.”

Macintosh personal computers are unaffected.

Full article here.

18 Comments

  1. Nobody, a Virus is a type of computer file/program that affects the computer operating system or the comptuer hardware resulting in many computer problems such as file corruption, wierd things happening,files deleting themselves and more…

    It doesn’t matter what operating system you are on.There will always be at least 1 virus for it, I see you are on Mac OS X. Most people are, You can get Norton AntiVirus to search and delete viruses on your computer.

    Nobody, don’t post in places like this if ya don’t know jack all about computers…You should buy a computer book, no offense. Learning is the only way to get as good as the pros.

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