New 'War Vote' Virus Deletes Computer Files By Elinor Mills Abreu
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Security experts on Monday warned of a brand new virus masquerading as a program that will allow people to vote whether the United States should go to war over the deadly Sept. 11 hijacker attacks, but which deletes computer files instead.
The ``Vote Virus'' is spreading via e-mail to users of Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook e-mail program, said Simon Perry, vice president of security solutions at Computer Associates International Inc.
The virus appears with the subject line: ``Peace between America and Islam!'' and the body of the e-mail reads: ``Hi. Is it a war against America or Islam!? Let's vote to live in peace!'' Perry said.
When the attachment entitled ``WTC.exe'' is opened, the virus deletes all the files on the computer's hard drive and sends copies of the e-mail to every address listed in the computer's address book, he said.
Heck, my version of Outlook won't even let me open an executable file from an attachment, even if I wanted to. It's pretty simple, if it's an executable or macro type file, don't open it even if it's from someone you know.
BTW, Dspark, what do you use instead of Outlook? I'm kinda looking forward to Office XP, if half of the hype is true...
I opened another e-mail address I have just now. There were 192 messages all with attachments from the same person whom I don't know. (I check this mail every day!) The subject lines did not match this one but I have to assume it's this or another new one. Be careful!
I don't get to see these things anymore, only notifications that something was sent to me. We've got something on the Mail Server that picks out the virus Emails and quarantees them automatically and sends a notification to me and the sender. It usually names the virus (still get some Sir Cam) but there have been some without names recently too. I can still go look at them if I would want to but haven't tried that yet. It's too bad that all Mail Servers didn't offer this protection to their accounts, then maybe these idiots could do something productive with their talents.