Monday, October 18, 2021

New worm tries to score in wake of World Cup

World Cup soccer fans should be aware of a new worm being circulated by e-mail with the German-language message “WM-Tickets” or “Weltmeisterschaft,” security vendor Sophos PLC warned Wednesday.

The e-mail contains an attachment, which, when opened, activates the W32/Zasran-A worm. The worm is programmed to send itself to addresses stored in Microsoft Corp.’s Outlook address book and manipulate security settings to give hackers access to other personal information stored in users’ PCs.

Additional information is available at this Web site.

The Zasran-A worm is the second World Cup-related virus detected in May, with the games scheduled to kick off June 9.

On May 4, the Baden-W

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