New Computer Virus Clogs E-Mail Inboxes

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by Imported, Aug 20, 2003.

  1. Imported

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2000
    Messages:
    56,713
    Likes Received:
    55
    H8Monga: By RIVA RICHMOND, Dow Jones Newswires

    NEW YORK - A new strain of one of the most virulent e-mail viruses ever spread quickly worldwide Tuesday morning, causing fresh annoyance to users worn out by last week's outbreak of the Blaster worm.


    The new virus, named "Sobig.F" by computer security companies, attacks Windows users via e-mail and file-sharing networks. It also deposits a Trojan horse, or hacker back door, that can be used to turn victims' PCs into senders of spam e-mail.


    MessageLabs Inc., a company that filters e-mail for corporations, had blocked more than 100,000 copies of Sobig.F by midday Tuesday, making it by far the most active virus of the day.


    "It's definitely spreading very quickly, just an incredible ramp-up so far this morning," said Brian Czarny, marketing director at MessageLabs. The variant is likely to be one of the more successful versions of a very successful virus strain, he said.


    The previous Sobig.A and Sobig.B variants are both on MessageLabs' list of the biggest 10 e-mail viruses of all time.


    The e-mail message that carries Sobig.F has the subject line "Re: Details" and the message "Please see attached file for details." If a recipient clicks on the attachment, which can have multiple names ending in the .pif file extension, the computer will be infected.


    The virus will then send itself out to names found in the victim's address book and will use one of these names to forge a return address. As such, the infected party may not quickly learn of the infection, while an innocent party may get the blame for helping to propagate it.


    Like all the other Sobig viruses, this version is programmed to self-destruct after two weeks, in this case on Sept. 10.


    The Blaster worm is still at large. It uses a published flaw in Microsoft's Windows operating systems to spread via network connections, without using e-mail. It slowed down the Internet and caused computer restarts worldwide, but the attack it was programmed to carry out against a Microsoft Web site on Saturday proved harmless.


    I checked my main yahoo account and found 14 junk e-mails which was unusual because I hadn't gotten more than 2 or 3 of them in the almost 4 years I've had the account. I saw that they all had attachments and knew better not to open them. Then I got 3 more after checking the original 14! Deleted them all. Anyone else get these e-mails?
     
  2. Imported

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2000
    Messages:
    56,713
    Likes Received:
    55
    H8Monga: I just checked thehapipapi@yahoo and found that account had sent out an e-mail too...


    Subject: Automated Notification
    From: VirusSweeper@virusscanner.igs.net | This is spam | Add to Address Book
    To: thehapipapi@yahoo.com
    Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 21:27:19 -0400 (EDT)




    Automated Notification:

    An email you sent contained one or more viruses and has been deleted.
    It has not been delivered.

    Original Message Header:

    Return-Path: <g>
    Received: from mailbox1.avalonworks.net (mailbox1.avalonworks.net
    [216.58.97.66])
    by virusscanner.igs.net (8.12.4/8.12.9) with ESMTP id
    h7K1R9jW015754
    for <lcopple@smtpscan.igs.net>; Tue, 19 Aug 2003 21:27:09 -0400
    Received: from RENTAL-JH0XS6QZ
    (CPE0008a110d719-CM000a735c17e0.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com [24.192.4.178])
    by mailbox1.avalonworks.net (8.12.9/8.12.6) with ESMTP id
    h7K1JEf6079968
    for <lcopple@igs.net>; Tue, 19 Aug 2003 21:19:14 -0400 (EDT)
    (envelope-from thehapipapi@yahoo.com)
    Message-Id: <200308200119.h7K1JEf6079968@mailbox1.avalonworks.net>
    From: <thehapipapi@yahoo.com>
    To: <lcopple@igs.net>
    Subject: Re: Thank you!
    Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 21:18:51 --0400
    X-MailScanner: Found to be clean
    Importance: Normal
    X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000
    X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
    X-Priority: 3 (Normal)
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: multipart/mixed;
    boundary="_NextPart_000_15AD5E00"

    Virus Information:

    00000096.EML/movie0045.pif was infected with W32/Sobig.f@MM.


    I feel so violated :(
     
  3. jonb

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2002
    Messages:
    8,308
    Likes Received:
    2
    It was working fine, then the email...Why is everyone snickering?
     
  4. Imported

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2000
    Messages:
    56,713
    Likes Received:
    55
    sammygirly: I got it...not funny!

    I put the patch in the Admin section to fix/prevent it
     
  5. Imported

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2000
    Messages:
    56,713
    Likes Received:
    55
    Longhornjok: speaking of... i know we have a lot of computer geniuses on here so i have a question. i use a mac computer (yes, i am one of the 23) and i remember awhile back a programmer-type told me one of the things macs had going for them was that they were far less likely to get infected because a virus has to be written by hackers and they don't want to spend time writing the things for 3% (or whatever) of the market. he said since the mac operating system is different from pc, virii are not interchangeable between the 2. he also told me that way back in the early 80's a lot of macs WERE infected, but apple changed something that made it much more difficult.

    any one know how much of that is true (if any)? are macs less susceptible? even if my computer can't be infected, can i be a "carrier" and pass on a virus to a pc user?
     
  6. Imported

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2000
    Messages:
    56,713
    Likes Received:
    55
    7x6andchg: My understanding, longhornjok, is that you are correct - most of the viruses (virii?) are not interchangeable.

    7x6&C
     
  7. Imported

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2000
    Messages:
    56,713
    Likes Received:
    55
    Trackers: At the moment, my b/f is getting a similar problem to that. Whenever he signs into his hotmail account he gets at least 10 new emails everytime. It's fucking annoying if you ask me. Thank god I don't have that problem, but then again I probably have spoken too soon now.
     
Draft saved Draft deleted