MiMail Virus Poses as PayPal Email

Posted on November 14, 2003

The latest version of the MiMail worm (W32.Mimail.H@mm) tries to steal credit card information by pretending that it is an official PayPal email. The email tries to con readers into completing a fake PayPal form (containing an actual PayPal logo) that then sends their credit card information to the people or organization behind the virus. Experts say the worm is another sign that viruses are becoming a tool of organized crime and much much more than a simple nuisance.

The Symantec listing has details about what the email sent by the worm looks like. It is listed as causing medium damage. These types of worms may become more widespread.