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Mario Bros. Game Really A Worm Attack
A malware author is tempting unsuspecting users to open a malicious e-mail attachment by offering up a romp down memory lane with Mario and Luigi.
By Sharon Gaudin
July 31, 2007 11:42 AM
Miss those carefree days back in the early '80s when you were playing Super Mario Brothers?
If you do, beware of a new spam campaign that is spreading a mass-mailing worm. Researchers at security company Sophos reported that the spammed messages lure users to open an attachment by promising them it will run one of the classic Super Mario Bros games.
While opening the attachment does launch a game with the Italian plumber jumping over obstacles and from platform to platform, but it also infects the user's machine with the Romario-A worm. The malware, which affects the Windows platform, sends itself out to e-mail addresses it harvests from the infected computer and reduces system security, according to Sophos. The worm also is given a task to run at a specific time every day.
According to Sophos, the message in the body of the e-mail generally reads: " Hi There, Do You Like Mario Bross ? Test it, and you'll like it ;] !"