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E-Mail Virus Warning - W32/Coronex-A

Posted: 24th Apr, 2003 By: MarkJ
The latest e-mail worm (virus) to hit the Internet is called W32/Coronex-A and targets the current concerns surrounding the real-world Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARs) virus:

In this instance an email arrives offering information about the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), which has killed dozens of people worldwide. Called W32/Coronex the mass-mailing worm will infect the recipient's machine once activated and will email itself to every name in the infected machine's email address book.

The Coronex worm uses a variety of subject lines, message bodies and attachment names to entice users into clicking including "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome", "SARS Virus" and Hongkong.exe. Hong Kong is believed to be the epicentre of the outbreak.


There doesn't appear to be any suggestion that the virus carries a destructive payload, although it could still do damage simply by spreading. More @ ZDNet.
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