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[] WPO 20.03.03: E-Mail Worm Pretends to Have Spy Satellite Images,

E-Mail Worm Pretends to Have Spy Satellite Images

Thursday, March 20, 2003; 3:06 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A new e-mail worm has surfaced that purports
to show screensavers of U.S. spy satellite pictures of Iraq or
animations that are either patriotic or that mock President Bush, a
computer security company warned on Thursday.

The worm, dubbed Ganda-A, spreads by sending itself to e-mail addresses
on an infected machine and tries to disable anti-virus and other
security software and infect certain files on the hard disk, according
to Sophos.

Ganda, which does not appear to be spreading and is rated low risk,
sends e-mail in English or Swedish. It is signed by "Uncle Roger in
Hornsand, Sweden," who complains in a message about being discriminated
against in the Swedish school system, Sophos said.

Subject lines include: "Spy pics," "GO USA!!!!," "G.W Bush animation,"
and others like "Catlover," and "Disgusting propaganda."

Ganda also sends a message in Swedish to e-mail addresses apparently
belonging to Swedish journalists, Sophos said.

After the Sept. 11 attacks, a worm circulated that tricked computer
users by pretending to contain images of the World Trade Center attack.

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