Businesses are being urged to update their antivirus protection after the author of a new Bagle variant launched two mass spamming campaigns to spread the malware.
The BagleDL-U Trojan is enclosed in an email with no header. The message reads 'new price' and contains a zipped attachment.
"This is the second massive email attack phase from this hacker in two days. He is intent on infecting as many people as possible," said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos.
"All computer users must avoid opening unsolicited email attachments, and ensure that their antivirus protection is up to date.
"Businesses should also consider blocking all executable code from entering their networks via email. Most companies have no need to receive computer programs via this route, and it dramatically reduces the risk of infection."
The first wave of spammed emails went out between 2pm and 10pm on Monday, and a new phase began again at approximately 2pm yesterday.
All major security vendors now have a signature files for the Trojan, and customers are being urged to update their software immediately.
Its prevalence is due to the high number of virus tool kits available online with which people with little or no technical knowledge can create new variants. More than 100 have been detected so far.
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