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"I send you this file in order to have your advice"

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12:42 pm on Jul 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I just got hit with 3 of these messages overnight. Those of you using Outlook Express for mail might want to be really careful.

McAfee article [mcafee.com]

7:27 pm on July 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Several clients and contacts report getting copies of Sircam in their e-mail, too. Your virus checker should get it if it is up to date.

This one has a nasty payload. On October 16, it may erase your hard drive or fill it up completely. That's for U.S. date style, European and other styles may work differently. Moral: don't open any attachments that your aren't expecting - these infected messages will be coming from your friends, relatives, and associates.

9:12 pm on July 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Yep I've gotten some stuff too. Weird files being sent to me though... e.g., I get somefile.doc.bat and in another case somefile.doc.tif

Does Sircam attach that extra extension to the filename?

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9:23 pm on July 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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This one cracked me up. As long as virus senders are this stupid we won't have much to worry about
5:51 am on July 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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> Does Sircam attach that extra extension to the filename?

Yes, it appears to add the extension of files it attaches to. Other extensions include somefile.doc.pdf somefile.doc.com somefile.doc.bmp

> As long as virus senders are this stupid we won't have much to worry about

McAfee has listed the SirCam virus as HIGH RISK.

Many email users have already been tricked into opening the infected attachments because they have come from work colleagues, known business contacts, friends, relatives, etc. Government departments in several countries have been infected sending large attachments backwards and forwards to each other. I and some of my customers have received several infected email from Government email addresses in four countries.

SirCam is very nasty and we should be worried because it can attach to very large files and send them to multiple email addresses. There is no fun in receiving several email with large attachments even if you haven't opened any of them. Also it has to potential to lock users from receiving and retrieving email if their mail boxes become full.

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6:44 am on July 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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That's uderstandable...I just don't know anyone that would write me saying "I send you this file in order to have your advice"...and if they did I wouldn't bother opening it or giving them advice :)
7:59 am on July 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I got two of them but was far too wordly-wise to open the attachment. I am e-mailing my clients to warn them of this though. Thanks for confirming my suspicions.
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I got a total of about 50 of them throughout a 24 hour period.

Then I luaghed when a day later I got one more, but it was in Spanish.

I am just glad they finally stopped, was getting very annoying.

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i get like 10 every day.everytime the attachment has different name and ending.
What is also strange that attachment site varies from 1 Kb to 200KB and more.

Jon

 

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