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BTO Issues Bagle Virus Security Alert
By: MarkJ - 27 January, 2004 (12:52 PM)

UK ISP BTOpenworld has found cause enough to issue a security alert regarding last weeks Bagle worm. There’s also a warning about fake ‘billing’ e-mails:

BT Openworld would like to warn its customers about a rapidly spreading email virus.

The Bagle windows worm arrives in the form of an email posing as a test message that has an attachment. If opened it runs a programme that plunders address books for email addresses and uses an in-built mail program to send itself to new victims.

Sometimes the attached file bears an icon that makes it look like it is a calculator.

The Bagle worm can be spotted in e-mail inboxes as it always has a subject line that reads simply: "Hi". On no account should customers open the attachments to these emails.

We would also like to warn customers about a fake email entitled "Billing Notice From btinternet.com's Accounting Dpt" in the subject field. The message body contains the following text: "Internet Billing Notice. Please press "open" and read the attached Billing Notice. Note if you do not read this within 24 hours we at Btinternet.com regret we will have to terminate your internet service."

BTinternet Billing Team do not send out e-mails with attachments. Please delete any e-mail purporting to be from the BT Internet Billing team if it arrives with an attachment.

If you already have a virus alert in place it will pick these mails up for you. If not, you can get the latest anti-virus information by going to http://www.microsoft.com/security

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