Melissa virus strikes again

A new variant of the Melissa virus, dubbed Melissa X, is doing the rounds although anti-virus vendors are not expecting it to cause as much damage as the original version released two years ago.

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By  Michelle Sturman Published  January 22, 2001

The Melissa virus is back again, but this time, the damage is not expected to be as prolific as the original virus two years ago.

The variant, W97M.Melissa.W and dubbed Melissa X, is spreading via Macintosh-formatted Microsoft Office 2001 Word files, according to anti-virus vendors.

It has a payload that emails itself to the first 50 addresses in a Microsoft Outlook address book. The subject of the email message is: Important Message From

The virus also affects Windows PC platforms if an infected Macintosh file is sent via e-mail or put on a floppy disk and launched by a Windows PC. Symantec recommends customers with mail gateways filter out e-mail with ‘Important Message’ in the message line.

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