Diann Barbee Thoma wrote:
You are right about the IP spoofing. Relatively common practice
for these hacking wizards, as well as using another servers as hosts to
transmit the virus. (They forget to block mail relaying from foreign
hosts). I've spent so much time installing additional
security that I could puke, yet how can I NOT beef up security to try and
keep these knuckle heads out?
Wish they would divert their energies into useful activities.
Maybe they'd discover a new numbering system that wasn't based on zero,
or do something even more brilliant; figure out a way to get the US to
change to the metric system... Something productive with the use of their
If you ever want to see how many sites get maliciously hacked in a day
(not viruses but similar because they are unwanted invasions into a server)
take a look at http://www.attrition.org/mirror/attrition/ .
This is where they post a listing of their various conquests on a daily
basis. Fortunately, most of these attacts are rather innocuous but
how do you really know. It's like a buglar came to your house, walked
all around, and then left but wrote you a message on your bathroom mirror.
And what's amazing is that the FBI doesn't have much hope of ever
catching these goof balls...
Unfortunately, the virii you speak of are much more insidious, many
of which are based on Visual Basic's easy access to Windows based hosts.
Maybe if they would start collecting Hostas they would find that life is
more rewarding when you're trying to help people, not to harm them...
It's a problem...
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"replied" to a recent one of those, and got a very interesting message
back. (My intention was to spam the sender.) Seems whoever sends
the virus "spoofs" where my "reply" email went. IOW, the reply address
was NOT the address from which it was actually sent. The reply that
came, however, talked much about the virus and how you get it etc. One
of us (at least) on this robin probably has it. The virus takes your address
book and sends itself around. Etc. etc. Has a way of propagating
itself. Very nice of the folks from which the Snow White email seems
to come from to give so much helpful info.
I just got the Snow White thingy again.
Won't that thingy ever die?