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Storm Worm hits computers around the world
Reuters ^ | 01-19-07

Posted on 01/19/2007 6:40:55 AM PST by mfnorman

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Computer virus writers attacked thousands of computers on Friday using an unusually topical email citing raging European storms, a security company said.

The virus, which the company named "Storm Worm," was emailed to hundreds of thousands of addresses globally with the subject line "230 dead as storm batters Europe."

An attached file contained so-called malware that can infiltrate computer systems.

"What makes this exceptional is the timely nature of the attack," Mikko Hypponen, head of research at Finnish data security firm F-Secure, told Reuters. . Hypponen said thousands of computers, most in private use, had been affected.

(Excerpt) Read more at today.reuters.com ...


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update your anti-virus software y'all. computer geeks on the warpath again!
1 posted on 01/19/2007 6:40:55 AM PST by mfnorman
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To: mfnorman
I just got an email w/attachment that I deleted. It was obviously mailed to everyone in somebodies address book and it said something about "this not being a hoax and was verified by snopes.com". The address it came from (@aol) didn't match the listed reply address.
I'm sure I'll find out exactly what it was by someone who is unfortunate enough to open the attachment.
2 posted on 01/19/2007 6:57:11 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: mfnorman

People who open .doc attachments on e-mails, especially from people they don't know, are idiots.


3 posted on 01/19/2007 6:59:50 AM PST by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: toddlintown
People who open .doc attachments on e-mails, especially from people they don't know, are idiots.

Word.

;^)

4 posted on 01/19/2007 7:06:52 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: toddlintown
People who open .doc attachments on e-mails, especially from people they don't know, are idiots.

People who open any attachment received via an unsolicited email (i.e. they didn't specifically ask someone to send them the file), is an idiot.

With that being said, here are two excellent, free Anti-Virus programs, for those who may need one. Take your pick:

Avast!
AVG

5 posted on 01/19/2007 7:10:07 AM PST by holymoly ("A lot" is TWO words.)
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To: toddlintown
****People who open .doc attachments on e-mails, especially from people they don't know, are idiots.****

Huh, wait a sec. Then how are you supposed to meet new and interesting people if you don't open your mail?? Since I've been on the net, 1995 or so, I now have approximately 126,657 new friends thanks to email from complete strangers.

Not to mention that now my hair is no longer falling out, no longer suffer from erectile dysfunction, I can do it any time thanks to Viagra - AND any day I'll be a multi-millionaire thanks to this nice guy in Nigeria.

;-)

6 posted on 01/19/2007 7:13:54 AM PST by Condor51 (The demoncRATs don't want another 'Vietnam' - they want another Dien Bien Phu.)
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To: mfnorman
The latest spam technique is using a news headline as an enticement to open the mail.
Folks opening spam deserve the virus.
7 posted on 01/19/2007 7:23:28 AM PST by ASA Vet (The WOT should have been over on 9/12/01.)
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To: ASA Vet

Sorry but no one deserves a virus.


8 posted on 01/19/2007 7:27:15 AM PST by stockpirate (John Kerry & FBI files ==> http://www.freerepublic.com/~stockpirate/)
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To: stockpirate

It's a choice they've made.


9 posted on 01/19/2007 7:31:04 AM PST by ASA Vet (The WOT should have been over on 9/12/01.)
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To: ASA Vet

yea, i get a lot of those kind of spam emails too. i love my norton anti-virus that scans every email and deletes any infected file.


10 posted on 01/19/2007 7:34:27 AM PST by mfnorman
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To: stockpirate
Additional thought.
The developer of the computer virus and the spammer also deserve a virus.
But I'd settle for tar and feathers.
11 posted on 01/19/2007 7:34:49 AM PST by ASA Vet (The WOT should have been over on 9/12/01.)
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To: mfnorman
Most spam doesn't include a virus, only a stupid ad.
Obviously there are enough idiots out there to make the spamming worth the effort.
12 posted on 01/19/2007 7:37:47 AM PST by ASA Vet (The WOT should have been over on 9/12/01.)
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To: mfnorman

I like Norton, too, for the most part, but it sure didn't detect whatever infiltrated my browser homepage in December. My registry is contaminated with a foreign homepage that I don't know how to delete. Maddening.


13 posted on 01/19/2007 7:42:15 AM PST by varina davis
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To: BallyBill
The address it came from (@aol) didn't match the listed reply address.

That was the "Osama Hanged" thread. An outdated warning.

Setting your spam filters to :BLACKHOLE FROM: AOL.COM is a good way of not getting these. I recently got a "Modem Tax" one from an AOL Account that had to be fifteen years old, at least- New people sign up as the rest flee.

Another way is to body filter "SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW".

Anything in ALL CAPS is either Nigerian spam, or from AOL, both of which would not be missed.

14 posted on 01/19/2007 7:44:46 AM PST by Gorzaloon (Global Warming: A New Kind Of Scientology for the Rest Of Us.)
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To: mfnorman

Thanks for the info. I just updated my 'puter.


15 posted on 01/19/2007 7:45:17 AM PST by native texan
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To: toddlintown

We had a new Computer Security guy that also sent out the Diversity newsletter back in the 90's. The template for the newsletter was infected. Everything he posted the newsletter, people got infected.

And you couldn't tell him he was infected.


16 posted on 01/19/2007 7:47:27 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: toddlintown
Its not even a .doc file, It's an executable.

This was stopped by my ISP's filter:

Received: from source blah blah blah;
Thu, 18 Jan 2007 21:55:26 CST
Received: from blah blah blah with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.1830); Thu,
18 Jan 2007 20:00:13 -0800
Message-ID:
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 20:00:13 -0800
From: blah blah blah
User-Agent: Thunderbird 1.5.0.9 (Windows/20061207)
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: xxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxx
Subject: 230 dead as storm batters Europe.
Content-Type: multipart/related;
boundary="------------070309030702060905050609"
X-pstn-levels: (S: 0.00000/96.03645 R:95.9108 P:95.9108 M:97.0282 C:98.6951 )
X-pstnvirus: AUTH-W32/Downloader.AYDY
X-pstn-settings: 5 (2.0000:2.0000) s gt3 gt2 gt1 r p m c
X-pstn-addresses: from [1682/72]
X-pstn-disposition: quarantine

Attachments:
application/x-msdownload; name="Full Video.exe"

17 posted on 01/19/2007 7:47:29 AM PST by Gomez
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To: toddlintown
People who open .doc attachments on e-mails, especially from people they don't know, are idiots.

True dat.

Everyone should be using Mailwasher or xTerminator 4.21 to get a look at their emails before they even get downloaded to their PCs.

18 posted on 01/19/2007 7:48:22 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: Gorzaloon

What's your e? I got the coolest cookie recipe.


19 posted on 01/19/2007 7:48:33 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Condor51
Then how are you supposed to meet new and interesting people if you don't open your mail??

It ain't the email...it's the attachment.

At the very least...if it must be opened...use AVG Free to scan it before opening it. Even then, safer to delete it if you do not know the sender or did not ask for the file.

If you MUST have a file, far safer to use ftp. These days, most people have broadband internet access. Which means the ISP's server is accessible via ftp. Large files can be uploaded and downloaded to and from that server with a few strokes on the keyboard.

20 posted on 01/19/2007 7:52:23 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: ASA Vet

So someone who walks into a convenience store and gets robbed/shot deserves it because they made the choice to walk into a store????

I agree that it is indeed unwise to open unknown attachments, but "deserved" is a cold punishment indeed.


21 posted on 01/19/2007 7:54:06 AM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: varina davis
My registry is contaminated with a foreign homepage that I don't know how to delete.

Download and run a program called "HiJackThis!".

Look for the homepage entry in the listing that gets generated and have HiJackThis delete it. Done.

22 posted on 01/19/2007 7:54:29 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
You apparently missed 'it'.
I was being utterly and completely facetious.

23 posted on 01/19/2007 7:59:24 AM PST by Condor51 (The demoncRATs don't want another 'Vietnam' - they want another Dien Bien Phu.)
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To: BallyBill

Here's the email I gotyesterday.


Subject: READ AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
I checked HoaxBusters & this is real.

I checked snopes.com and this is for real..

Get this sent around to your contacts ASAP...we

don't need this spreading around.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY

AND CONTACTS:

You should be alert during the next days: Do not open any message with an attached filed called "Invitation" regardless of who sent it, It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which "burns" the whole hard disc C of your computer.

This virus will be received from someone who has your
e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why
you should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

If you receive a mail called "invitation", though sent by a friend, do not open it and shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the mostdestructive virus ever.

This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept

SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW , COPY THIS E-MAIL AND SEND! IT TO YOUR FRIENDS AND REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US


24 posted on 01/19/2007 8:00:18 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: ExpatGator
Not hardly the same thing.
Now if your convenience store had warnings posted saying enter here and get shot,
and your shopper entered anyway, that would be the same situation.
25 posted on 01/19/2007 8:00:27 AM PST by ASA Vet (The WOT should have been over on 9/12/01.)
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To: Condor51
You apparently missed 'it'.

No, no....I got "it".

Your sarcasm was very clear. I enjoyed it.

My reply wasn't so much intended as an answer to you but to people who may be looking for any tidbits on how to protect themselves from these nasties. I know a lot of folks scan these threads for info like that sometimes.

And also, there are a lot of folks who DO use their email just as you alluded to.

26 posted on 01/19/2007 8:03:46 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: ASA Vet

Those email worm attachments have warnings on them?

I just try not to be too hard on the less wary among us. I'm a jaded and cynical SOB and find the naive refreshing and necessary. I used to be ruthlessly hard on them, but age has softened me I guess.


27 posted on 01/19/2007 8:09:28 AM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: Gomez

You're right.

exe. sets the whole thing off


28 posted on 01/19/2007 8:13:06 AM PST by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: mfnorman
This is the BEST antivirus "program" out there. MEPIS LINUX
Click on it, burn it to cd. You can boot into it from a cd and make no changes to your machine while you learn it.

Easier to install than windows. Virus and shareware free, and a GREAT OS.

29 posted on 01/19/2007 8:13:32 AM PST by DreamsofPolycarp
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To: Salvation

After the headline and the first sentence, I would have deleted it. The snopes BS is almost always a tip-off.


30 posted on 01/19/2007 8:15:06 AM PST by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: mfnorman
Anti-virus software alone is not enough, you also need a good firewall especially if you have an always on broadband or wireless Internet connection. Zone Alarm is free and effective.

If you have a wireless router be sure that it is secured or anyone within 200 ft. of your router can access your connection

31 posted on 01/19/2007 8:15:54 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: ExpatGator

"Those email worm attachments have warnings on them?"

Are you serious?

WARNING: CLICKING ON THIS ATTACHMENT WILL INFECTED YOUR COMPUTER. PLEASE CLICK HERE. THANKS, AND HAVE A NICE DAY.

You mean like that? Sure.


32 posted on 01/19/2007 8:17:32 AM PST by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: holymoly

... need to update my virus protection ping!


33 posted on 01/19/2007 8:19:37 AM PST by RightField
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To: ExpatGator
And I find myself becoming less sympathetic as I get older.
I'm well on my way to grumpy old man status.
34 posted on 01/19/2007 8:22:08 AM PST by ASA Vet (The WOT should have been over on 9/12/01.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Thank you! Where do I find a reputable site to download? I went to CNet and got a warning message with the download that the site was not certified and should not be downloaded.


35 posted on 01/19/2007 8:29:41 AM PST by varina davis
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To: Gomez
Attachments:

application/x-msdownload; name="Full Video.exe"

Sometimes on the newsgroups they dump them by having an attachment name like " Famous Actress Naked.AVI (Many spaces) .exe (or .SCR, etc.)

Viruses used to be just destructive bragging rights for vandals, but now are run by for-profit spam gangs who use trojans to form "Botnets" of unwitting users. They love the ones with high speed cable. One's computer seems sluggish because in the background it is sending pharmacy/casino/viagra/porn spam, and these bot networks are worth big bucks.

Things were much better, briefly when that earthquake knocked out some cables feeding .tw and .cn.

Good riddance.

Before any "xenophobe" comments: Follow the money and much of it goes HERE. They just use overseas spammers because there are no laws and no one cares, unless they are on the take.

36 posted on 01/19/2007 8:30:01 AM PST by Gorzaloon (Global Warming: A New Kind Of Scientology for the Rest Of Us.)
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To: varina davis
Try this link:

Merijn.org

It is directly from the manufacturer's site and will let you download the zip file for "HiJackThis!"

37 posted on 01/19/2007 8:37:52 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (I can't complain...but sometimes I still do.)
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To: toddlintown

Get a dictionary and look in between the words sabaceous and sardine. Somewhere in there you will find the key word for today.

Helpful hint: it rhymes with orgasm.


38 posted on 01/19/2007 8:38:33 AM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: mfnorman

Got two of these this morning. McAfee removed the attachment, saying it couldn't be cleaned. It correctly identified the virus.


39 posted on 01/19/2007 8:49:09 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I ran it, but it didn't work. My home page comes up with a weird address then jumps to an AOL home page. Very strange. I can get to my normal homepage in a round about way, but very time-consuming. So frustrated!


40 posted on 01/19/2007 9:02:14 AM PST by varina davis
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To: varina davis
I ran it, but it didn't work.

Very odd. If your homepage has been hijacked and redirects when you open your browser then that BHO (browser helper object) should be listed and deletable by HiJackThis.

If you like you can Freepmail me and copy/paste the HiJackThis output into the message and let me look it over. I can make recommendations on what might be doing this. It has to be in there somewhere.

41 posted on 01/19/2007 9:15:28 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (I can't complain...but sometimes I still do.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Thank you. I'll go back and retry it -- maybe I didn't do it right.


42 posted on 01/19/2007 9:56:35 AM PST by varina davis
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To: mfnorman

I went to Reuters to read the entire article and it is not currently available (withdrawn?)


43 posted on 01/19/2007 10:44:58 AM PST by wildbill
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To: mfnorman

So we have proof that Global Worming does exist!


44 posted on 01/19/2007 10:48:12 AM PST by Fair Paul
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To: varina davis
I like Norton, too, for the most part, but it sure didn't detect whatever infiltrated my browser homepage in December. My registry is contaminated with a foreign homepage that I don't know how to delete.

Norton is an anti-virus. It sounds as though your browser has been hijacked (Are you using Internet Explorer?).

On the off chance someone hasn't addressed this yet, here are a couple of free tools which may be of help:

Adaware SE

Spybot Search and Destroy

To avoid this type of thing in the future, you might want to use Spybots' real-time protection "Teatimer", and/or WinPatrol (also free).

Once your system is clean, you may want to install Spywareblaster

If you're using MSIE, you may also want to consider switching to Firefox, Seamonkey, or Opera.

45 posted on 01/19/2007 12:37:35 PM PST by holymoly ("A lot" is TWO words.)
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To: holymoly
I haven't posted this in some time, so here goes...

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Opera
Supports tabbed browsing, etc. Easier on resources than Firefox, Mozilla/Seamonkey. Unlike Mozilla, Opera currently has no plans to drop support for Windows 9x/ME.

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46 posted on 01/19/2007 12:45:01 PM PST by holymoly ("A lot" is TWO words.)
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To: toddlintown
People who open .doc ANY attachments on e-mails, especially from people they don't know, are idiots.

There, fixed it.

I'm preaching to the converted, but I'm still going to stress NEVER NEVER NEVER open ANY attachment from ANYONE unless you have knowledge it's on its way. Even then, a codeword of some sort in the subject line is recommended.

(JMHO, not aN IT guy, just been burned one too many times. ALL email I get is first checked out online at my ISP's webmail and dealt with from there. Only after it's been screened do I allow it onto this 'puter.

47 posted on 01/19/2007 2:51:01 PM PST by Don W (Stoneage man survived thousands of years of bitter-cold ice. Modern man WILLsurvive global warming.)
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To: mfnorman; BurbankKarl

This is the worm that hit Mammoth Mountain's computers yesterday. It really wreaked havoc with their connection to the flatland. All the computers in question had antivirus softwares up-to-date. :/


48 posted on 01/19/2007 7:52:25 PM PST by lainie ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C. S. Lewis)
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To: lainie

Yikes...

will keep a lookout...


49 posted on 01/19/2007 10:51:58 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Don W

I just got an email tonight from my "bank". Logos, official colors, all the fine print at the bottom, proud sponser of the Olympics, etc.

It was a long letter (to make it look offical no doubt) that said my account was not up-to-date and that I needed to update my password, etc. or I wouldn't be able to make any computer transactions and my account would be closed.

Putting the cursor on "clik here" came up with some weird url with .bankname_registration/update/blahblahblah.

Of course I didn't click it, and have warned my wife in the past about this stuff too. I just wonder about all the poor folks that DO get scammed by this stuff. (And no - most banks are not looking for an easy way to CLOSE your account!)


50 posted on 01/19/2007 11:09:53 PM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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