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Nagual
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« on: January 20, 2004, 13:11:41 »

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If the accompanying attachment is executed, the worm is unleashed

Those who get infected deserved it!!!!  [}:)][Cheesy]
Who would still execute some unknow program received by email???
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2004, 20:55:11 »

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Originally posted by Nagual

Who would still execute some unknow program received by email???


Hopefully none of our members, unfortunately people seem to do so all the time. I also wonder the same thing about the small percentage of people who respond to spam ads, why??? [xx(]
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2004, 20:55:11 »

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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2004, 23:27:39 »

One thought here Nick - the placebo effect of having either a virus program that isn't kept up to date, or an ISP that states they filter spam.

It's astounding the number of people that are happy in the knowledge that they have some kind of anti-virus software that was pre-installed on the PC they purchased 6 months ago, and know nothing of the update facilities.

There's also the nasty little trick done by some spammers of putting the "unsubscribe" link in their page, that actually tells them that they've got an active email address to exploit.

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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2004, 02:50:15 »

James,

I couldn't agree more, I'll get a blank stare when I ask certain people if their virus definitions are up to date. [:O] They'll say something like, "I don't know, I just have what came with the computer."

Regarding the spammers, so true. Never click on their underhanded little approach of snagging a valid email address by clicking on 'unsubscribe' or 'remove'. Those devils! [}:)][}:)]
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2004, 13:17:15 »

gah! so how to unsubscribe? block or bounce the sender?
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2004, 00:04:26 »

Mattrox,

Block the sender or set up a rule to trash the email. Don't unsubscribe or bounce the email or you'll draw more attention to yourself

All email packages have filters or rules that you can set up for incoming mail. If you see some commonly used words in the senders address, the subject lines or the body of the email, typically something like "viagra", "penis enlargement" "webcam" "financial opportunity", you get the idea, your mail client can then either block the sender, or delete the message as it comes in.

Spammers eventually get bored and go away if they don't get replies.

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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2004, 05:01:40 »

Just a note to all members, be on the lookout, in case you haven't read the news on this latest virus:

New Internet Virus Spreading Fast  
 
January 19, 2004 09:39 PM EST  
 

NEW YORK - A new Internet virus was spreading fast throughout Asia, Australia and Europe but computer security experts were divided on the seriousness of the threat from the "Bagle" worm, and reckoned home users were most at risk.

Experts expected some impact in the United States when people returned to work Tuesday after a holiday weekend.

The "Bagle" or "Beagle" worm arrives in an e-mail with the subject "hi" and the word "test" in the message body. If the accompanying attachment is executed, the worm is unleashed and tries to send itself to all e-mails listed in the user's address book.

Sometimes the attachment is designed to look like a Microsoft calculator, said David Perry, spokesman for antivirus software firm Trend Micro Inc.

The virus only affects machines running Microsoft Windows operating systems.

"It's clumsy," Perry said from Lake Forest, Calif., adding that most people knew better than to click on an attached calculator: "I don't get e-mails with calculators in it, do you?"

The worm started spreading on Monday and most corporations have already protected themselves against it, Perry said.

Carey Nachenberg, chief architect of Symantec Research Labs in Cupertino, Calif., said home users, not corporations, were most at risk because companies had protected themselves quickly.

"We could see this fizzle out in several days," Nachenberg said. "Or we could also see a lot of people infected" if they don't update their antivirus software

-----from AP wire services---

(Best advice, if you don't already have a good anti-virus system get one, and keep it up to date-) [Wink]
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