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Attention All Users: Beware New "Fizzer" Virus/Worm

We have recently learned of a new virus/worm which, like the Kazaa worm, spreads via e-mail and file sharing programs. The following article appeared in SANS NewsBites, Vol.5, Number 19:


-- Fizzer Worm (12 May 2003) --

A mass-mailing worm called Fizzer is spreading around the world. Fizzer spreads through both e-mail and file-sharing programs, and affects computers running Windows operating systems. It disables anti-virus software, steals passwords, and places a backdoor in infected computers.


We strongly urge all users to make sure that their anti-virus software is up-to-date, and to make sure that File System Realtime Protection is enabled within it.

If you find that your computer has been infected with this virus/worm, Symantec has provided a tool to remove it.Rensselaer has also provided instructions for downloading the anti-virus software

More information is available at the following sites: