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New Macro Virus Grows.

Say goodbye to Melissa and hello to Marker, now one of the most prevalent new viruses, according to antivirus vendor Sophos, Inc.'s monthly top ten virus rankings. Marker is a macro virus that takes information about Word files listed in the properties summary, and emails it to a well-known group of hackers. Property summaries include mostly harmless information, such as when the file was created and modified and how large it is. But the files may, depending on how one's software is set up, also include the name of the file's author and his or her company.

Notably, several other well-known viruses are still circulating and resurfacing on the list as companies report their presence to Sophos. @ For more information about these viruses, see SM Online.
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Date:May 1, 2000
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