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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Have You Looked in Your Inbox Today? -- In case you're wondering what's going on with your email today, Cnet covers the latest Windows worm, apparently propagating with explosive speed:
The virus--known as MyDoom, Novarg and as a variant of the Mimail virus by different antivirus companies--arrives in an in-box with one of several different random subject lines, such as 'Mail Delivery System,' 'Test' or 'Mail Transaction Failed.' The body of the e-mail contains an executable file and a statement such as: 'The message contains Unicode characters and has been sent as a binary attachment.'
'It's huge,' said Vincent Gullotto, vice president of security software maker Network Associates' antivirus emergency response team. 'We have it as a high-risk outbreak.'
In one hour, Network Associates itself received 19,500 e-mails bearing the virus from 3,400 unique Internet addresses, Gullotto said. One large telecommunications company has already shut down its e-mail gateway to stop the virus.
Once the virus infects a Windows-running PC, it installs a program that allows the computer to be controlled remotely. The program primes the PC to send data to the SCO Group's Web server, starting Feb. 1, a virus researcher said on the condition of anonymity.
A prospect of mine didn't get a proposal I sent recently. We assumed it might have gotten mixed in his spam filter this week, and with the big pile of stuff in there, got overlooked and deleted. If Microsoft doesn't get it's act together, email as a usable business tool will go the way of the carrier pigeon.