Central Command announces that Worm/MyDoom is quickly gaining momentum and is causing serious email congestion. This new aggressive Internet worm is spreading globally with 1 out of every 9 emails being infected.

“Many corporations and home users are being bombarded with MyDoom infected messages. This is by far the highest impacting worm of 2004,” said Steven Sundermeier, Vice President of Products and Services at Central Command, Inc. “The extremely aggressive nature of this new worm, which is less than 24 hours old, has demonstrated that the global email infrastructure is still very vulnerable to such attacks.”

MyDoom carries multiple malicious payloads including the ability to turn MyDoom infected machines into transparent proxy’s to launch other kinds of attacks. The collaboration of spamming techniques with virus coding is prompting a new era of virus writing. Additionally, the worm listens for commands on TCP/IP port 3127 awaiting instructions. This virus epidemic could create a global army of soldiers who are at the command of the virus author. Built into MyDoom is a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack again the SCO Group Inc. ( www.sco.com ) from February 1st until the 12th.

Central Command’s Emergency Virus Response Team® (EVRT) has automatically responded to the Worm/MyDoom threat with a fast update to protect the global Vexira™ Antivirus user base.

For more information on Worm/MyDoom visit Central Command online at ( www.centralcommand.com ). Vexira Antivirus starts at $34.95, and a free 30- day trial version may be downloaded from www.centralcommand.com or obtained by contacting Central Command at +1 330 723 2062.