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Friday, July 15, 2005

Virus Alert: Lebreat!

A brand new virus has surfaced on the scene: Lebreat. It is sent to you as an e-mail attachment pretending to be 'Breatle AntiVirus v1.0'. Once installed the virus begins looking on the victim's computer for other e-mail addresses and sends them e-mails containing the virus.

The worm uses multiple subject lines, body messages, and attachment names. One for example reads this way:

"Your credit card was charged for $500 USD. For additional information see the attachment."

At the same time, the virus also exploits a flaw in the Window's component: Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS).

Microsoft issued a patch last year when another worm, Sasser, hijacked that flaw as well.

So, how do you stear clear of this worm. Always be wary of opening e-mail attachments, make sure you have updated patches for programs and networks, and keep your anti-virus program up-to-date.

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