While most of New Zealand's golfing fanatics will be glued to the New Zealand Golf Open the country's golf clubs are fighting off a virus attack that seems to be coming from the Golf Association itself.
Several golf clubs have reported receiving the Lirva worm, also known as the Avril Lavigne worm, after the Canadian singer that is referred to in its subject line.
The Rangiora Golf Club has received several complaints from members and from the public about emails received from the club, however club secretary Rita Moore says the club is sweeping its PC every day using an anti-virus application.
"It says we don't have a virus. I think it's coming from NZ Golf itself - they sent out an email a few days ago and it's all started since then."
New Zealand Golf, based in Wellington, says it uses Marshal Software's MailMarshal to control its email and that it does indeed appear to have been caught by the virus.
"I haven't received anything in the last couple of days, but what I was most concerned about was that [MailMarshal] kept sending the [warning] message. It kept sending it over and over. I don't know how to stop it," says a spokeswoman for NZ Golf.
She says the association has contacted the company it uses for technical support about the problem and hopes to have it dealt with as quickly as possible.
As reported in IDGNet earlier this month (New worm, Lirva, is spreading) the worm spreads by retrieving email addresses from a variety of files stored on a computer's hard drive, then sending copies of itself to those addresses. It uses a variety of subject lines and can also pose as a Microsoft security patch stored in attachments named "MSO_Patch_0071.exe" and "MSO_Patch_0035.exe," among others.