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Security company Sophos is reporting that the new spam-engine worm, Bobax.H, is enticing Windows users to open (and thus unleash) it by offering what it alleges to be pictures of a dead Saddam Hussein, supposedly killed during an escape attempt.
Targetting computers running Windows, Bobax.H is one of those breeds of Internet worm which not only mails itself to any addresses which it finds on an infected computer, but also disables security and anti-virus software, and installs an email relay, which allows the computer belonging to the hapless, unwary user to be used to relay thousands if not millions of pieces of spam.
Bobax.H is able to do its dirty work by taking advantage of the Windows LSASS vulnerability, which was first reported 10 months ago. A patch is available, but apparently enough Windows users don’t regularly update and patch their systems to make it worthwhile to release such a worm.
So, for your unpatched Windows users, and you know who you are – get the patch! It’s available [Page no longer available – we have linked to the archive.org version instead].
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