Warning - E-mail virus Magistr

Warnings were issued today about a new e-mail virus "Magistr" which uses a set of nifty techniques to hide its presence in infected computers.

Kaspersky Labs said the extremely dangerous virus spreads via e-mail and local area networks and is difficult to detect.

Once the infected file is executed the virus initiates the procedure of penetration into the system, mass e-mail distribution, and after some time, activates the built-in destructive payload.

It scans Outlook Express, Internet Mail and Netscape Messenger mail databases and Windows address book.

E-mail messages contain random PE EXE or SCR files less than 132kb in size and the subjects of the messages are randomly selected from DOC and TXT files.

Kaspersky said Magistr is a mix between the I Love You virus and Chernobyl.

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