WordMacro/DMV is probably the first Word macro virus to have been
written. It is test virus, written by a person called Joel McNamara to
study the behavior of macro viruses. As such, it is no threat - it
announces its presence in the system, and keeps the user informed of
Mr. McNamara wrote WordMacro/DMV in fall 1994 - at the same time, he
published a detailed study about macro viruses. He kept his test virus
under wraps until a real macro virus, WordMacro/Concept, was discovered
in fall 1995. At that time, he decided to make WordMacro/DMV known to
the public. We oppose to such behaviour; although it can be argued that
spreading such information will educate the public, we can also except
to see new variants of the DMV virus, as well as totally new viruses
inspired by the techniques used in this virus. McNamara also published a
skeleton for a virus to infect Microsoft Excel spreadsheet files.
F-Secure anti-virus products detect the WordMacro/DMV macro virus.
See also: Concept, Nuclear, Colors
[Analysis: Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure]