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Pond life virus writers are trying to spread mass mailing email worms under the guise of important information about the Anthrax bacteria.

Fortunately their efforts have proved futile because the malicious code they designed fails to work.

Analysis of the worm's code by antivirus experts at Kaspersky Labs has revealed that fatal bugs keep the virus from effectively propagating, so the interest is in the squalid motivations of scumbag virus writers.

The malicious code (called VBS.VBSWG.AF@mm to avoid giving it the name 'Anthrax virus' that the tossers who wrote it craved) was written using the VBSWG v1.0 virus construction kit, which was also used to develop the Anna Kournikova worm.

You're unlikely to see it, but if you get an email bearing the subject line Informacion Sobre El Antrax or Antrax Info, and carrying an attachment (commonly ANTRAXINFO.VBS or ANTRAX.JPG.VBS), don't open it. You won't get the pictures of Anthrax infection it promises, even if you probably won't up spreading the virus to other people. ®

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