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Virus name: Lovgate.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: Lovgate is an especially sneaky worm that contains mass-mailing and backdoor functionalities. It spreads through tricking users into opening it by pretending to be a reply to an actual
Let's say you just mailed your old buddy Joe a message entitled "Lunch today?" and let's also suppose Joe's computer had picked up the Lovgate worm. You would receive a reply from Joe entitled "Re: Lunch today?" which would quote all of your note in the usual carat-indented format that's become somewhat standard, followed by this response, seemingly from Joe:
I'll try to reply as soon as possible. Take a look to the attachment and send me your opinion!Unbeknownst to you, Joe didn't write that message — the worm did. By opening the attachment (which, at this point, you have every reason to believe came from Joe), you infect your PC with the Lovgate worm. Now everyone who writes to you will get back the "I'll try to reply as soon as possible. Take a look to the attachment and send me your opinion!" response.
The file name of the infected attachment will match one of the following:
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