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BAGLE VIRUS HAS NEW VARIANTS

New variants of the Bagle virus are transmitted through an e-mail message without an attachment. The variants are known as Bagle-P, Bagle-Q,, Bagle-R, Bagle-S and Bagle-T.
Bagle-R avoids sending itself to addresses that include the following words: @hotmail, @msn, @microsoft, rating@, f-secur, anyone@, bugs@, contract@, feste, gold-certs@, help@, info@, nobody@, noone@, kasp, admin, icrosoft, support, ntivi, unix, linux, listserv, certific, sopho, @foo, @iana, free-av, @messagelab, winzip, google, winrar, samples, abuse, panda, cafee, spam, @avp., noreply, local, root@, postmaster@

Here are some of the randomly-chosen subject lines the virus selects when mailing itself to other computers:

The patch against the Microsoft Outlook security vulnerability can be found at www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-040.mspx. Home users of Microsoft Windows can visit windowsupdate.microsoft.com to have their systems scanned for Microsoft security vulnerabilities.

Sophos recommends the following precautions against the W32/Bagle-Q and W32/Bagle-R worms: