New Philippines virus a low risk

A new computer computer virus originating from the Philippines which bears a resemblance to the now-infamous 'Love' bug was first detected on Friday, and has been infecting some computer users over the weekend.
Written by Bob Sullivan, Contributor
Another import from the Philippines but this time not nearly as menacing as the Lovebug virus.

The bug is named after Disney character Donald Duck and arrives with a subject line 'erap estrada' -- the nickname of Philippine president Joseph Estrada.

According to the National Infrastructure Protection Center, the bug is actually a Trojan horse that arrives as an e-mail attachment. Once the attachment is opened, a file called 'DonaldD.trojan' is executed and -- like the 'Love' bug -- can collect user names and passwords from the victim.

"Currently, the Trojan horse is proliferating mainly in the Philippines and is considered a low threat to the United States by the anti-virus industry," NIPC said in a press release. Commercial anti-virus software that is updated will detect the Trojan, the agency said.

"I have seen no reports of it anywhere," said Mary Landesman, spokesperson for antivirus firm Command Software Systems Inc.

Still, Landesman said computer users should exercise caution when returning to work after the Labor Day weekend.

The 'Love' bug or 'ILOVEYOU' virus was released to the world in May and traced to the Philippines. It infected millions of computers worldwide, and allegedly caused billions of dollars in damages.

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