The latest rogue file uses the same lurid tactics as the recent Kournikova virus to dupe complacent users into helping it prolifereate. But unlike its predecessor it carries a more damaging payload capable of deleting almost all a computer's vital system files. Mr Trilling says the email attachment, which arrives with the subject line FW: Naked Wife, also sends itself out to everyone in the user's email address book. He says the virus may have come from Brazil.
A new Trojan horse is in the wild, promising a glimpse of a naked woman in an e-mail. What it delivers is a debilitating infection that deletes files and makes computer rebooting impossible. The new virus, NakedWife. The Naked Wife virus then propagates, like last month's Anna Kournikova virus, by attaching itself to all of the addresses in a Microsoft Outlook address book. Unlike the Kournikova virus, however, Naked Wife also contains code that can erase files, which makes computer rebooting impossible. Many antivirus software vendors classify the virus as a medium threat, although McAfee. Most vendors have already identified the Trojan and posted a patch to block it if their current software already fails to do so.
When the worm is run it shows a dialog box that looks like a ShockWave Flash executable animation's dialog, thus confusing many users. Body: My wife never look like that! The CurrentUser section is the name of another infected computer user. Instead of erotic images, however, the Trojan virus seeks to delete vital system files on the users' computers. Several antivirus companies on Tuesday designated the "Naked Wife" a medium to high risk because of its rapid spread and destructive behavior.
However, anti-virus experts said today the bug — which may have originated in Brazil — appears under control as corporations quickly install anti-virus software to block it, and as word-of-mouth spreads among home users. Nevertheless, it is a major virus that caused significant damage, experts said. Computer Associates had reports of at least 20 to 30 cases.