- Subject: [iris-photos] ADMIN: Virus
- From: John I Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 08:55:49 -0700
I don't want a discussion about viruses, trojans and the like, but I
thought I should alert everyone to the existence of a new virus. You
should all be armed with a virus scanner, and should be keeping the
descriptions updated. I will look with great displeasure on any messages
that arrive on the list infected with this new virus.
> By Cathryn Conroy, Netscape News Editor
> It's called "Bugbear," and it does something no other virus has ever done:
> First, it disables firewall
> and anti-virus protections and then it prepares a port on the infected PC that can receive
> instructions from remote users, reports CNN. Unlike other well-known and destructive viruses,
> such as Melissa, Michelangelo, and Iloveyou, this one--which has already been rated a "severe
> threat" by Symantec, a virus-protection software company--does not necessarily destroy files.
> Instead, the perpetrators behind Bugbear want access to your PC so they can steal credit card
> and other financial information you may have stored there. They can
> also swipe stored passwords
> and any other sensitive data you may have on your PC.
> If you use your PC for banking, you are the kind of user Bugbear is targeting.
> Bugbear, also known as Tanatos, began in Malaysia a week ago, but has rapidly made its way
> around the world, hitting Europe, Canada, and the United States on Thursday. And it's bad.
> CNN reports that the number of new cases of Bugbear showing up daily is rivaling--and maybe
> even exceeding--the Klez virus that hit millions of computers earlier this year. The
> Windows-based virus spreads by e-mail, disguising infected messages as a "reply" or "forward"
> to an existing message. It moves easily through networked office
> computers. Here's the best clue
> to spot it since it will have varied subject headings:
> The attachment is 50,668 bytes. In addition,
> make sure that Internet Explorer's I-FRAME patch is installed, which prevents the bug from
> automatically downloading itself from an infected message.
> Get more information on Bugbear from Netscape's Computing Channel.
John | "There be dragons here"
| Annotation used by ancient cartographers
| to indicate the edge of the known world.
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