A new virus is spreading which mocks Sven Jaschan, the recently convicted author of the Sasser B worm.
The Lebreat-D worm creates a JPEG image file called xsas.jpg which contains an image of Jaschan with the word 'bitch' superimposed.
The code of the virus contains a lengthy message from its author which criticises the research done by antivirus companies, and complains that security vendors are not calling the worms by the author's preferred name of 'Breatle'.
"Netsky(SkyShit),Beagle or Bagle, Mydoom and Sasser bye bye bitchs," writes the virus author.
"It will be my game cuz the fbi or police are not searching for me to arrest me like ya sasser lol (next variants will use a better engine to send thousands of copies to users.) :P"
Lebreat-D is a combination worm that can be spread either by opening an attachment or via an improperly patched browser. Once in place the worm can attempt to launch a denial of service attack against the websites run by security companies Symantec and McAfee, and prevent the user accessing a list of antivirus websites.
"The author of Lebreat has written a lengthy diatribe inside his virus attacking other worms and security companies, and threatening that future versions of his worm will infect more people," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.
"He or she also seems to have little sympathy for fellow virus writer Sven Jaschan, who was found guilty by a German court last month.
"Unfortunately childish squabbles like this are being fought on the computers of innocent users who are uninterested in fights in the virus underground."
More information on Lebreat-D can be found here.
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