Origins: A new e-mail worm surfaced in March 2003 that purports to show screensavers of U.S. spy satellite pictures of Iraq or animations that are either patriotic or that mock President Bush, a computer security company warned Thursday.
The worm, dubbed Ganda-A, spreads by sending itself to e-mail addresses on an infected machine and tries to disable anti-virus and other security software and infect certain files on the hard disk.
Ganda, which does not appear to be spreading and is rated low risk, sends e-mail in English or Swedish. It is signed by "Uncle Roger in Hornsand, Sweden," who complains in a message about being discriminated against in the Swedish school system.
Subject lines include:
GO USA !!!!
G.W Bush animation.
Is USA a UFO?
Is USA always number one?
Ganda also sends a message in Swedish to e-mail addresses apparently belonging to Swedish journalists.
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