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Old 02-02-06, 06:24 PM
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Is some big virus supposed to hit tomorrow? (2/3/06)

This all sounds like nonsense to me but someone I know said that his workplace is warning of some huge virus that's supposed to spread on Feb 3, 2006 yada yada yada. It sounds like stupidity to me but I need to put his mind at ease. Has anyone heard of such a thing?
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Old 02-02-06, 06:28 PM
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Given the popular media's trouble understanding anything remotely technical, I would take it with a grain of salt.
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Old 02-02-06, 06:34 PM
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According to Snopes this is Real.

Kama Sutra


Virus: Kama Sutra (aka Nyxem.E, Grew.A, Blackmal.E, MyWife.D)

Status: Real.

Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]

Blackmal.E, a new Windows worm (which is like a virus), was discovered on January 20. It spreads as an e-mail attachment and will activate on February 3 and on the third day of every month thereafter.

Once activated, Blackmal.E will erase all Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Acrobat (PDF) documents, in addition to other file types. It is possible you are infected and do not know it yet, especially if the antivirus software on your computer has not been updated recently.

Keep in mind the worm will activate on Friday, February 3, and on the third day of every month thereafter. It is important, therefore, ALL computer users update their virus protection quickly and often especially on home computers.

Origins: The
Kama Sutra worm (so named because the messages it sends to replicate itself contain phrases such as "Fuckin Kama Sutra pics," sent under subject lines such as "Crazy illegal Sex!" and "Sex Video") is a fast-spreading e-mail worm designed to destroy Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) as well as Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop files on all hard drives connected to infected PCs.

When a recipient opens a message generated by the worm (also known as Nyxem.E, Grew.A, MyWife.D, or Blackmal.E), a program is launched that disables anti-virus protection on the target PC. The infected PC then begins to replicate the worm by sending copies of similarly infected messages to e-mail addresses found on the victim's hard drive.

The Kama Sutra worm does not seem intended to plant back doors on infected PCs or to steal passwords or other personal information, but simply to destroy documents. It implants a program that erases common work files from all data-storage devices connected to infected PCs on the third day of every month, with the first wave of destruction to be launched on 3 February 2006.

As usual, the defense is to make sure your PC has anti-virus software installed with up-to-date definitions, or if your PC has already been infected to reinstall and run an anti-virus program updated to protect against the worm.

Additional information: W32/[email protected]!M24
(McAfee)
Last updated: 1 February 2006


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but you have to open this e-mail in the first place, right?
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Old 02-02-06, 06:40 PM
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nai.com have it as low.

Virus Name Risk Assessment
W32/[email protected]!M24 Corporate User : Low
Home User : Low
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As usual, the defense is to not be a dumbass
Wow. That's harsh!

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but you have to open this e-mail in the first place, right?
Like most virus' you have to invite it in, so yes, don't open an e-mail attachment if you are not sure what it is.

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Old 02-02-06, 07:08 PM
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We got a warning at work about it. It's just another virus though.
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Old 02-02-06, 07:45 PM
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Most viruses target the C: drive. That's one reason I have the My Documets folder located on another partition and do regular backups along with a mirror image to an external drive.

Thanks for the heads up though!

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