Antivirus vendor sends out infected virus alert

Kaspersky Labs has apologised for an e-mail virus alert that was infected with the very virus it was warning about. The Russian antivirus vendor blamed the mail on unknown hackers

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By  Neil Denslow Published  November 10, 2002

Kaspersky Labs has apologised for an e-mail virus alert that was infected with the very virus it was warning about. The Russian antivirus vendor blamed the mail, which was infected with the recently discovered Bridex worm, on unknown hackers.

"During the last few years Kaspersky Labs has grown to become one of the leading virus experts and this status has attracted much attention from hackers resulting in daily attempts to penetrate our defences,” says Eugene Kaspersky, head of antivirus research.

“Currently we are conducting an investigation to reveal the sources of this attack and are taking the necessary measures with our security system to ensure that this type of attack will never succeed in the future," he adds.

The e-mail was sent out on November 7, and the vendor is advising users to delete it unread. So far, it has had no reports of any infections being caused by the e-mail alert, but it is advising users to ‘urgently’ install the IFRAME-vulnerability patch available for free at Microsoft's Web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/critical/q290108/default.asp.

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