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ZDNet: 'BubbleBoy' virus breaks new ground

Nov 11, 1999, 22:46 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Kerstetter)

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"An anonymous virus writer... has created a virus -- actually a self-replicating worm -- that can spread itself through a user's Microsoft... Outlook or Outlook Express client."

"The worm, called 'BubbleBoy' in an apparent reference to a 'Seinfeld' episode, is unlike anything that anti-virus software vendors have seen to this point. ... It doesn't rely on an attachment. Instead, all a user has to do is open an e-mail. An embedded Visual Basic Script command attaches itself to the Outlook address book and mails the e-mail to everyone in the address list. ... Simply using the preview function of Outlook Express will allow the worm to replicate."

"BubbleBoy is considered low risk by most anti-virus software vendors... because it hasn't been reported by any customers. ...[and] doesn't carry with it any code that could damage someone's computer. ... [But] Anti-virus vendors worry that this could be a harbinger of some very nasty things to come."

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