Virus links e-mail to porn sites
October 14, 1999
by Stacy Collett
(IDG) -- A new virus that appears in e-mail files with the subject line "Check this" creates links to adult Web sites, then searches through an infected system's address book and automatically sends the e-mail to those names. It isn't known how many PCs have been infected with the virus.
Observers said the scam is more embarrassing than destructive to computer systems because e-mails touting the porn site appear to be coming from the address book's owner.
The e-mail body has the attachment "links.vbs." When someone opens that attachment on a system that supports Windows scripting, which is usually installed by default on Windows 98 and Windows 2000, the worm deposits two Visual Basic script files on the system. A message box then displays "DesktopFREE XXX LINKS.URL" and asks if the recipient wants to continue. If the person replies "yes," a desktop shortcut symbol "FREEXXX LINKS" is created, linking to an adult Web site.
The worm also searches all address entries if Microsoft Outlook 98 or Outlook 2000 are running, Network Associates said.
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