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From what I've read, it will only infect if the attachment is opened and it always comes from support@microsoft - most of the major AV companies have already released a definition update, so strongly advise all with AV to go fetch their latest definition files. Those without AV, go get AV... :)
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From what I've read, it will only infect if the attachment is opened...
Well, that's good news, because I was dumb enough to download the email from my server (Microsoft support contacting me... hah!), but smart enough not to open the attachment.
However, a virus scan did report a virus, and then I got some sort of error message when I tried to print the scan report... and then I scanned again... and there went my evening.
Today's Norton AV definitions report the virus as W32.HLLW.Mankx@mm, but on the NAV website they report that it's been renamed as W32.Sobig.B@mm [symantec.com]. There's a removal tool and removal instructions available.
joined:Jan 27, 2003
It made the BBC news website yesterday and Silicon.com today, so I figured it would already be widely known.
Now, if in a alternate universe, I was an evil script kiddy, I would use subject lines such as "Major Security Flaw Patch" or "Outlook XP Security Issue". mmm, maybe I should not give out any ideas.....
joined:Jan 27, 2003
Thanks for taking the time to add your enlightening comments senior_mcinvale. Where would we be without members like you?
I'm sure the many 1000s of weak and stupid webmasterworld members who benefit from anti-virus are really glad you offered your opinion.
Wow, so logically anti-biotics and vaccines are for the weak and stoopid as well.
But since most humans are weak and stupid, it's better to be weak, stupid and well protected, so let's hear it for A/V products and penicillin! :)
As for the microsoft emails, I've gotten a couple dozen of them this week... but since I don't have any MS products registered with that email address, I (weakly and stupidly) assumed it must be a virus.
i make everyone at work run AV because [they] open up executable files.
hooray for [these] people giving me job security!
[edited by: lawman at 8:48 pm (utc) on May 20, 2003]
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no, that is a bad analogy. you can not prevent diseases by simply learning about them, you can however prevent computer diseases (viruses) by learning how computers & virii work.
Then again in my weak and stupid nature, i don't understand the complexities of polymorphic worm virii, though i can get me head a round a buffer over-run attack - all very confusing stuff. I need to take a break and work out how to use my Audio Visual equipment now, the torment of hours figuring how to press the on button.
I would love to be Strong and Intelligent though, so i can call people weak and stupid, without any real understanding of who they may be.