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09-08-03, 07:12 PM
The first of what researchers predict could be a spate of new viruses related to the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been spotted.

W32.Neroma@mm, as named by Symantec, spreads through Microsoft Outlook. The message subject line is "It's Near 911." Double clicking the attachment activates the virus, which then attempts to send itself to every listing in the user's Outlook address book.

Eric Kwon, CEO of AV firm Global Hauri, which discovered the virus on Sept. 2, recommends that enterprises block incoming e-mail messages with that subject line. As of Friday, Symantec reported fewer than 50 Neroma infections.

Kwon notes that just days after Sept. 11, the Nimda worm hit the world's computers, causing millions of dollars in damage. The recent onslaught of Blaster and Sobig.F infections demonstrate that networks are every bit as vulnerable now as they were two years ago.