We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Internet users beware

MSBlast worm preys on the vulnerable

The latest worm to terrorise unsuspecting internet users, dubbed MSBlast, is quickly spreading across the internet and seriously slowing down internet connections in its hunt for vulnerable machines.

MSBlast, also known as the Lovsan worm, arrives as an email with the following visible text string: I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN! Once installed on a machine, the worm begins searching for other unprotected systems. This 'searching' can swamp networks.

Antivirus firm Network Associates said many home broadband users were reporting heavy traffic on their network connection as a result of the worm.

The worm exploits a weakness in Windows which experts have known about for over a month. By swamping a memory buffer that is used to transfer files across networks, the code forces the machine to carry out instructions carried on the back of the file.

While scanning for PCs to infect, the worm also attacks Microsoft's Windows Update website — the very place users go to download patches against such flaws.

Symantec has reportedly found the virus on 57,000 machines so far.

For more information click here.

Related links
Network Associates
Symantec


IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

Apple's 2014 highlights: the most significant Apple news of 2014

IDG UK Sites

2015 creative trends: 20 leading designers & artists reveal the biggest influences & changes coming)......

IDG UK Sites

Ultimate iOS 8 Tips: 35 awesome and advanced tips for using iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad