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New computer virus: The Swiss connection

A new computer virus, similar to the devastating "I Love You" bug, has a Swiss connection, according to a firm of specialists. The bug also attacked clients using electronic banking services of Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, last week.

The computer specialists, Computer Associates, have warned that the “I Love You.BD” virus is a new variant of the “I Love You” bug which caused such chaos around the world earlier this year.

The virus is spread in the same way, via the Microsoft Outlook e-mail programme. The mail containing the virus is named “Resume” and contains an attachment bearing the name “resume.txt.vbs”.

Computer Associates warned: “If ‘resume.txt.vbs’ is executed, the worm creates a text file, containing a job offer written in the German language. The position title is ‘Knowledge Engineer, Zurich” and the successful applicant would be required to develop a knowledge base for a Swss e-commerce company.”

“Once the file is created, the worm launches Notepad to display the contents of the file” added Computer Associates.

Mention of a Swiss company and the fact that UBS was attacked has led to speculation the virus could have originated in Switzerland.

After the “resume” bug was found last week, UBS warned that it would take legal action against whoever was responsible.

The virus attacked users of the bank’s PIN software. As soon as the “resume.txt,vbs” attachment is opened, the virus attempts to delete list numbers from the bank’s PIN module.

UBS said that only a small number of UBS e-banking clients had been at risk but no damage was reported. It said the bank’s computer specialists had set up virus filters on Wednesday, successfully preventing the virus from spreading within the bank’s network.

by Ron Popper

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