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Symantec Detects "AnnaKournikova" Worm

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 12, 2001 Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), a world leader in Internet security technology, today announced protection for the VBS.SST@mm worm, also known as the AnnaKournikova worm. Symantec recommends customers utilize the LiveUpdate feature built into Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus software to protect their computers. Updates are also available at Symantec AntiVirus Research Center Web site: www.sarc.com.

VBS.SST@mm or "AnnaKournikova" worm is a mass-mailing worm that spreads via e-mail with the following subject lines "Here you have, ;o)" and text that reads "Hi: Check This!" The attachment name is "AnnaKournikova.jpg.vbs" or a similar abbreviation. Upon execution this Internet worm copies itself to the Windows directory and then sends the file as an attachment to every address listed in the infected users Microsoft Outlook address book. The overriding results could potentially create an effect similar to a Denial of Service attack (DoS) due to the high volume of e-mails created.

Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) is one of the industry’s largest dedicated teams of virus experts. With offices located in the United States, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands, the sun never sets on SARC. The center’s mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and educate the public on safe computing practices. As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats.

About Symantec
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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