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Computer virus aims to exploit users' interest in SARS outbreak.

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Internet security company Sophos has warned of a new worm that takes advantage of the current SARS outbreak to spread itself and infect PCs.

The W32/Coronex-A virus spreads by forwarding itself to all of the contacts in a user's Outlook address book. The worm arrives in the inbox with a random subject line and attachment that appears as though it offers some information on SARS - attachment titles include "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome", "SARS Virus" and "Hongkong.exe".

A spokesperson for Sophos has said that PC users should be safe so long as they practise safe computing, keep their antivirus software up to date and patch against operating system vulnerabilities.

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