December 5, 2001

'Goner' worm takes out firewalls, antivirus protection

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "A new computer worm known as "Goner" that is capable of disabling computer security measures is spreading quickly throughout the Internet despite its simple structure, static subject line and message, according to antivirus experts. Officially referred to as "W32.Goner.A," "GONE.A" or "WORM_GONER.A," the mass-mailing worm that attacks Microsoft Outlook, ICQ instant messaging and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) users was discovered early Tuesday."

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