January 27, 2004
MyDoom Spreads Gloom
In case you've been bombarded by strange e-mails over the past two days and don't know why, there's a new bad boy in town named MyDoom, with AKAs of Novarg and Mimail.R by the various antivirus providers. Right now, experts are saying this could be the next big one. Among other things, it's been reported to do the following:
This worm looks to be more of a social protest, which probably explains MyDoom's partially selective nature. According to CNet News, MyDoom is programmed to instruct infected PCs to launch a Denial of Service (DoS) attack against the SCO Group's web server between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12. Per CNET, "[t]he SCO Group has incurred the wrath of the Linux community for its claims that important pieces of the open-source operating system are covered by SCO's Unix copyrights. IBM, Novell and other Linux backers strongly dispute the claims."
My best advice regarding e-mail attachments is this: Even if you recognize the sender of the e-mail, never click on any e-mail attachment that is an executable (e.g., ending .PIF, .SCR, .BAT, or .EXE.). It also helps if you have Windows configured to NOT hide file extensions, so you can see files' true extension names. This worm spreads if one opens the attachment. As Nancy Reagan once put it: "Just Say No" to strange attachments. However, if you absolutely must open them, make sure your antivirus definitions are completely updated, and always scan suspect attachments prior to opening them (don't rely upon your antivirus program to catch it on the fly).
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Topic(s): Privacy & Security
Posted by Jeff Beard