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New computer virus spreading rapidly.

TOKYO, Aug. 22 Kyodo

A new computer virus is spreading rapidly following the widespread infection of computers with the ''Blaster'' and ''MS Blast D'' worms, the government said Friday.

More than 100 reports and inquiries related to the Sobig.F virus have been filed with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and its affiliate Information Technology Promotion Agency, the two entities said.

Suspicious e-mails and attachments should not be opened as the Sobig.F virus spreads via e-mail, METI said.

The new virus is a variant of the Sobig virus found in January. Once it gets into a computer, it sends infected e-mails to all addresses stored in the machine.

According to antivirus software house Trend Micro Inc., more than 26,000 personal computers around the world have so far been infected with the Sobig.F virus, including 50 in Japan.

Infected e-mails often contain such subject headers as ''Thank you!'' and ''Re:Details,'' METI said.
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Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
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Date:Aug 26, 2003
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