New Windows Bagle virus variants spread; Macintosh unaffected

“Antivirus software companies began warning e-mail users this week that the persistent Bagle virus has re-emerged in a new version, Bagle.AF or Beagle.AB,” Laura Rohde reports for IDG News Service. “Trend Micro, based in Tokyo, rated the risk from the Bagel variant as “medium,” though it says the damage and distribution potentials of the virus are high… McAfee, in Santa Clara, California, raised its risk assessment to “medium-on-watch” and warned it had the potential of being upgraded to a high-risk threat.”

The Bagle virus and its variants affect computers running Microsoft Windows. Macintosh computers are unaffected.

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25 Comments

  1. Here’s a story that will make you happy…my Mom just bought my sister an eMachine against my recommendation of getting her an eMac. We talked prices, blah blah…and my Mom wasn’t going to spend more than $500 on a computer. So I found a decent Windows based eMachine at BestBuy and my Mom got it for her. This was less than a month ago.

    Because some ‘virus’ or something got into the computer, she couldn’t even get on the Internet to validate her free three month anti-virus software to run a check on the system. She couldn’t log onto the Internet, her screen saver wouldn’t work for anything, and her icons were missing from the desktop. I’m trying to troubleshoot over the phone with no luck. So guess what had to happen? She had to reload the software IN LESS THAN A MONTH OF HAVING THAT POS COMPUTER! I’m going to be calling my Mom tomorrow about this one and explain YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! The funniest part is that she accused me of sending her an email with a virus on it. I was like, MACS DON’T GET VIRUSES!!!!

    Tell that to your Windoze buddies. Maybe I can convince my Mom to take it back. Oh wait…the eMacs are out of stock. Damn.

  2. The name of the file attached to the message, which actually contains the worm’s code, consists of a series of random characters, but always has an .EXE extension. This file is 15,872 bytes in size.

    The aim of Bagle.A is to spread rapidly by creating copies of itself, which could cause computer networks to collapse. However, this worm does not have any other destructive effects.

    LiM scale: 5.4 — an extended spam bot. I don’t think I’ve seen more than three .exe suffixes in my HDs. I usually execute them instantly, wiping their shadows with zeroes three times with Burn 2.5. Good fun, wish I could see more.

  3. Bagle…we now need a LOX and Cream Cheese virii ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> I was given a Toshiba laptop to fix. Had to wipe the HD and restore the original software. It was on the internet a total of fifteen minutes (so i could donload antivirus, anti spyware and firewall software. The machine was badly infested with spyware and 5 different virii. in just 15 minutes. No wonder PC users are getting frustrated. Most of them don’t run firewalls or anti spyware software.
    I finally convinced my Uncle to buy a Mac. He was shocked when I told him that Mac’s running OS X had no real virii and no spyware. He wants a dual G5 ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    to less is more…”this worm does not have any other destructive effects” what is “could cause computer networks to collapse.” ??

  4. “this worm does not have any other destructive effects” what is “could cause computer networks to collapse.” – ak

    Viruses and worms today are not living up to their destructive potential. Sure, down networks are annoying and bad for business. However, consider what can actually ruin businesses:

    Let say there is a worm that scans the drive for .XLS or .DOC. Open them up, and randomly take 5 numbers from the file and reduce/increase it by 10-20%. Or randomly deletes 20-30 items off a database. You get the idea.

    That would actually force a company to shutdown their business and restore their backups (if one is properly done) or go through their file and re-confirm the data. That is if the company finds out before too late. What if not? The company operates on the wrong data. This kind of payload is way more destructive than shutting down networks because it’s stealthier and more unnoticeable.

  5. ak — I was just quoting from an old article on Bagle.A — it dudn’t delete apps or documents. Bagle.B was similar but had trojan capabilities. Now in its 30th variant and “Open Source,” it could have .exe, .com or .scr suffixes.

    After reviewing McAffee’s description (apologies for my shallow research and underrating), I have to upgrade it to LiM 5.6 due to its discriminating taste with addresses. It could be a valuable spamming tool, which is not too cool in my book.

  6. Quote
    “So guess what had to happen? She had to reload the software IN LESS THAN A MONTH OF HAVING THAT POS COMPUTER! I’m going to be calling my Mom tomorrow about this one and explain YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! The funniest part is that she accused me of sending her an email with a virus on it. I was like, MACS DON’T GET VIRUSES!!!!”
    Macs dont get Windows viruses but they can pass them on if they receive infected emails from another PC and then forward that email to ANOTHER new uninfected PC user.

  7. “Macs dont get Windows viruses but they can pass them on if they receive infected emails from another PC and then forward that email to ANOTHER new uninfected PC user.”

    Technically that is right, however, I don’t recall ever sending my sister anything other than a normal email. Honestly, I think she was just kidding around in her frustration with the computer. But we never figured out what it was. I don’t know what it is, but I am on a mission to keep people away from Windows computers. Unfortunately, my sister is stuck with hers for a while. I will convert some more people soon enough.

  8. My brother is stuck with Windows at least as long his business relies on software that only runs on Windows. If I could, I’d give his family a Mac so at least his kids would have an opportunity for computing experiences without as much distracting influence from the dark side.

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