Hackers send message to the antivirus company...
An email worm is recruiting computers for a coordinated attack on antivirus vendor Symantec's website.
Since Friday, email filtering vendor MessageLabs has intercepted 13,717 copies of the worm, dubbed Breatel.A-mm, and has issued a medium-level warning.
The worm travels as an email attachment, under the subject lines: "Message could not be delivered", "Error", or "Mail Delivery System".
If the attached file is opened, the computer connects to a botnet — a network of thousands of hacker-controlled computers used for illegal activity – and begins to send data to the Symantec website in the hope of crashing it.
According to antivirus company F-Secure, the worm attachment contains a message to Symantec that says: "easy to talk but hard to work :) what about working in symantec? :P it is not only a mass mail worm it is also a lsass worm :)"
A Symantec spokesman said that the company's infrastructure was built to withstand such attacks.
The first copy of the worm was sent from Northern Ireland, MessageLabs said.