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UBS warns of new virus
September 21, 2000: 5:30 a.m. ET

New attack hits Outlook e-mail program used by Swiss bank's online clients
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LONDON (CNNfn) - Swiss financial group UBS on Thursday warned its clients of a new e-mail virus attack that could affect some customers of its electronic banking services.

The virus, delivered through an e-mail with headers "Funny Story" or "When did you die?", could affect UBS customers using Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express e-mail software applications.

"It is a virus directly aimed at our UBS PIN (personal identification number) software. It seeks for the software on a PC and sends a mail back with the secret PIN numbers," a bank official said Thursday. "We have no reports of clients being affected. We issued a warning as soon as possible."

The viral assault by "unknown assailants" comes a month after the Swiss bank was beset by a 'resume.txt.vbs' virus in mid-August. The new virus is activated only when an attachment on the virus-carrying e-mail is opened.

UBS in August recommended users kept the PIN file on a separate floppy disk and not on the hard disk. Now it is advising clients not to use the UBS PIN software at all. Back to top

-- from staff and wire reports

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