Novarg: The Mystery Meat Virus
Well, we gave it some time -- a few hours actually -- but it seems no one has any more information about a new virus. We can't even agree on the name. Is it Novarg, Shimg, Mydoom? Well, regardless of what it's called, it seems to be the fastest spreading worm in some time.
- The message cannot be represented in 7-bit ASCII encoding and has been sent as a binary attachment.
- The message contains Unicode characters and has been sent as a binary attachment.
- Mail transaction failed. Partial message is available.
The message contains an attachment. The attachment is zipped to make it appear as though it is harmless. In the zip file you'll see a single file which will appear to be a text file. However, the real name of the file is obfuscated: the extension is pushed off the right hand side of the screen with spaces.
As of Monday, January 26th, 5:00 pm EST, most anti virus companies have not yet released virus definitions to address this threat. This means that even if you've performed an update to day, you may still be at risk.