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#28429 - 08/19/03 09:21 AM * * * Bad Virus Day * * *
Bill Addiss Offline
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Registered: 10/07/00
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Loc: NY, USA
Today is the worst I've seen yet for getting Viruses in my Email. I got over 125 before 12 Noon. What the #$%&^$ is going on?

Be very careful about opening any attachments. I don't know what kind of virus it is but they have file names ending in .pif and .scr Subjects are varied:

Your_Details
My_Details
Details
Wicked Screensaver
Approved
Your Application
Thank You!
Re: Thank You!
That Movie
and other variations with RE: and Re:Re: before the words.

Update your Virus Protection and keep it active!

Bill
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#28430 - 08/19/03 09:58 AM Re: * * * Bad Virus Day * * *
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Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 1508
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
Probably Sobig.F

It's the fastest spreading virus ever. Discovered today.
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#28431 - 08/19/03 10:49 AM Re: * * * Bad Virus Day * * *
Bill Addiss Offline
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Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
C-H

Any info available on that yet?

I scanned the directory where these files were and they were not recognized by Mcaffee Viruscan with an Update issued 8/18 (1 day old)

I found an article on the W32/Sobig.e@MM virus which seems like it will really cause problems.

Our Mail Server has been down (I haven't been able to get emails) for almost 2 hours right now.

Bill
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#28432 - 08/19/03 11:34 AM Re: * * * Bad Virus Day * * *
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Here are more details:

http://www.europe.f-secure.com/v-descs/sobig_f.shtml

It's just an e-mail virus, but it's good at spreading.
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#28433 - 08/19/03 11:50 AM Re: * * * Bad Virus Day * * *
Big A Offline
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Registered: 01/22/03
Posts: 47
Loc: Lynchburg, VA
Speaking of viruses, did anyone have a problem with wormblaster? I was just fine until I went to Microsoft's web site to download the "patch" and then my computer crashed. It's all better now but it leaves one to wonder...
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#28434 - 08/19/03 11:55 AM Re: * * * Bad Virus Day * * *
Bill Addiss Offline
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Loc: NY, USA
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It's just an e-mail virus, but it's good at spreading.
C-H,

From the article at the link I posted and some others I've since found it doesn't seem to be a typical email virus. I don't understand it all, but don't like hearing it is 'auto updating' or the idea of it opening ports creating a BackDoor to the infected computer and awaiting instructions.

Bill
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#28435 - 08/19/03 12:01 PM Re: * * * Bad Virus Day * * *
ThinkGood Offline
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Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 1084
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
I would like to add that some computers are configured such that the infected file appears to be innocent. (The file extension--such as .pif, .exe, etc.--does not show.)

Fortunately, I use a service that allows for automatic blocking of potentially dangerous attachments. Unless you are specifically expecting a file with the following extensions, there is good reason to be cautious:

exe, bat, scr, com, pif, chm, cpl, hta, ins, isp, ise, js, mda, mdb, mde, ade, adp, mdz, msc, prf, dbx, nch, reg, inf, vb, vbs, bas, msp, wsh

An attachment with the .pif, vbs or vb extension is almost certainly something malicious.
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#28436 - 08/19/03 12:09 PM Re: * * * Bad Virus Day * * *
Bill Addiss Offline
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Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
BTW,

(for McAfee users)
McAfee has issued a new Dat (virus data update) today for detecting this bug. I could not update using the controls in my Viruscan control panel, but it was available for download at the website.
http://www.networkassociates.com/us/downloads/updates/dat.asp
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#28437 - 08/19/03 01:43 PM Re: * * * Bad Virus Day * * *
Trumpy Offline


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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8560
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Bill,
Quote:
Today is the worst I've seen yet for getting Viruses in my Email. I got over 125 before 12 Noon. What the #$%&^$ is going on?

I would be inclined to ask that same question, too, 125 viruses, is bordering on the para-normal.
This sort of behaviour (sending viruses) is clearly unfair to the average computer user and it deserves to be punished with the full extent of the Law!, the problem being actually catching the culprits.
I haven't noticed any response from any Law enforcement agencies, anywhere with regard to what is actually being done about these idiots.
Just seems to me, that a few amongst the world population have so much time on thier hands and so little brains!.
_________________________
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin
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#28438 - 08/19/03 02:29 PM Re: * * * Bad Virus Day * * *
Bill Addiss Offline
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Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
Trumpy,

That 125 was only the tip of the iceberg i'm afraid. Apparently they came in so fast that it totally bogged down our Mail Server earlier. I feel like I've wasted a whole day with this $#%@&* already..

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