January 31, 2006 9:39 AM PST
Microsoft weighs in on Kama Sutra worm
The worm, which infects a user's computer once an attachment is opened, may also spread over writeable network shares if there are blank administrator passwords. Users hit with the worm may find a number of their files permanently corrupted on the third day of every month, beginning this Friday.
Like other worms, the Kama Sutra virus attempts to disable security software that is loaded on users systems, Microsoft warns.
Microsoft is advising users to update their antivirus software, as well as remain cautious when opening unknown attachments and use strong password protection.
Security experts estimate the worm has infected at least 500,000 PCs, often using pornography as its enticement.
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