Here she comes... Anna virus, a VBScript variant virii, and I myself have seen it in my email this morning. Rapidly spreading on the net the Anna 'worm' which is polymorphic, ever changing so virus software can't detect it, acts similiar to other VBS worms in that it emails your entire address book upon opening but does no damage to your computer. More here.
A bunch of news related to viruses today. Looks like Symantec notified rivals of the patents covering its method for updating virus software and definitions incrementally. If you are in Europe keep an eye out for the 'Love Bug' virus. A new Italian version of the "Love" bug computer virus started spreading through Europe Wednesday night, and has infected computers at 10 companies so far. Those saucy Italians.
The Chicago Tribune is running an expose on the Love Bug. I'll include an excerpt so you get the idea:
MANILA -- Welcome to hackers' paradise, where cyberspace is a battleground, computers are fortresses that rival gangs try to wipe out with sophisticated viruses and Onel de Guzman, the suspected author of the "love bug," is revered as "The Terminator."
This has to be one of the most advanced worms out in the wild to date. It uses a 128bit RSA encryption loop matched with semi-polymorphic properties. The worm tries to infect wsock32.dll library and writes itself to the end of last file section - hooks "connect" , "recv" , and "send" functions. While the dll is being loaded the worm encrypts the original entry routine. The worm sniffs on WSOCK32.dll for emails, when it locates an email it will attempt to email a copy of itself to that address. This worm has plugin support. So far 32 different plugins have been located for this worm.