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InfoWorld: Warning for new 'Heathen.A' virus released

Jun 25, 1999, 14:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Nelson)

Network Associates is warning Microsoft Word 97 users about a 'medium risk' virus that replicates itself across Word 97 files, but does not destroy data.

"W97M/Heathen.A is a multipartite virus, as it uses two types of classes, a .exe portion and a .doc portion, for its infection."

" 'It's delivered if someone receives an e-mail with a Word 97 infected document or if they access any server file that is infected,' said Allison Taylor, product marketing manager for corporate antivirus solutions at Network Associates. 'It doesn't carry a particular payload except for dropping a patch into your [Windows] 95/98 shell.' "

"NAI has assigned the Heathen.A virus a medium risk level as it is not socially engineered to appear to be from a known user, and can infect new systems only if a user opens an infected Word 97 file. Heathen.A does not send itself through e-mail as Melissa and Worm.ExploreZip do."

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