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Re: [aroid-l] virused emails

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] virused emails
  • From: SelbyHort@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 09:32:34 EDT

Julius, it was dismaying to learn that you had this problem. Your pleas for 
all to obtain needed virus protection should be heeded!

One of the strange things about many of these new viruses is the abilty to 
"spoof" the sender's address so that it looks like it is from someone you 
know when in fact it could actually be sent from some distant person you have 
never connected with. That unknown person may indeed have the linking 
individual's email address on their computer. The virus picks up a random 
address on the infected machine and uses it to send out its message so that 
it looks like your trusted friend was the person who sent it to you. This is 
the hacker's way of covering the viruses trail and it is very effective since 
it is most difficult to determine who actually has the virused machine when 
there is a high degree of spoofing going on. In addition some of these 
viruses drop a payload that copies all your keystrokes and opens a hidden 
port on your computer so it can send whatever you are typing to the hacker 
who can then use other software to extract vital bits of information such as 
passwords and credit card numbers. The truely malicious new bugbear virus 
does this and it will also prevent your virus protection software from even 
intercepting it. It originated from somewhere in Indonesia, a place rife with 
credit card thieves. Go to any major virus protection software web site to 
learn more about how these nasty things operate. Hopefully the information 
there will put the fear in you to get your virus software upgraded and keep 
it that way. Unfortunately, it takes a fair amount of work to manage all this 
upgrading and patching, and most people get too complacent about these things 
or do not know how to do it themselves.


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Alan Galloway <alan_galloway@ncsu.edu>
> To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
> Sent: Friday, October 04, 2002 6:28 AM
> Subject: Re: [aroid-l] virused emails
> Dear Friends,
> I`m back---Alan, thanks for clarifying the below.
> In an attempt to let others know what had befallen my comp., let me tell
> you that my comp. was recently upgraded from Windows 95 to 98, the Norton
> virus protection from W/95 could not be transfered from W/95 to W/98, we
> were NOT informed of this whan the upgrade was made, so not one, but FIVE
> virus' quickly infected my comp.; the worst was the 'bugbear', others were
> 'hooker', 'eikem', 'klenz', and 'badtrans'.    These came in disguised as a
> letter with a subject line 'Monroe Birdsey Award', so they did 'fool' me.
> They were sent by a trojan-type virus via a trusted member of this list to
> me, he had no way to know that his comp. was doing it (it would be
> interesting to find out where HE got it from!!).    It cost me dearly in
> time and $$ to fix my comp., and I can only hope not many on this list were
> infected.    I urge all who do NOT have GOOD virus protection to get it
> Onward to fun again!

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