VIRUS ALERT: W32/Mydoom.A@mm
Those formiddable words "virus alert" in the subject heading
of my e-mails caught me off guard.
Should I click on the e-mail and risk getting a virus?
I had earlier received a red alert e-mail from my web host concerning
a bombardment of the W32/Mydoom.A@mm virus. It said:
Two days ago (27/01/2004) between 01.40am and 23.45PM our servers
was bombarded by multiple emails containing the new W32/Mydoom.A.worm
virus to almost all clients email inboxes. Today we are still getting
hit by as much as 800 a day.
The servers Anti Virus software has stood up to the challenge and
intercepted over 3,000 emails all of which have been stored at our head
office for any clues to where they come from. Copies of every email
has been sent to some of the top leading Anti virus companies in the
world in an on going bid to prevent this sort of attack harming computers
Here is some information given to us from Panda Antivirus software,
one of our partners...
New worm W32/Mydoom.A.worm has already reached red alert status according
to the virus labs of Panda Software. There have already been many incidences
with thousands of users in numerous countries. Panda Software offers
updates to all its customers to detect and eliminate W32/Mydoom.A worm.
Users who have not enabled automatic updates can upgrade the antivirus
Due to the possibility of being infected by W32/Mydoom.A.worm, Panda
Software advises users to treat all e-mails received with caution, and
to update their antivirus solutions as soon as possible and installing
a good firewall.
Similarly, users can also detect and disinfect this and other malicious
code using the free, online antivirus, Panda ActiveScan, which is available
on the virus advice section of www.lmhosting.co.uk at the bottom left
above the news (please ensure popups are allowed by your browser). Also,
PQRemove http://www.pandasoftware.com/download/utilities/ free disinfection
tool is available for all users.
I decided to take my chance. I clicked on an e-mail. It said:
You have received a message with a virus. For your security, this
message was removed from the system. More information about the origin
and subject of the original message can be seen in the headers below:
but there was nothing about the original message below the text. I have
no clue who sent the e-mail. But I counted about 30 such e-mails in one
3 February 2004 Tuesday
Mydoom.A.worm is a new worm causing chaos around the world on three
It spreads rapidly, as it sends itself in e-mails to all the contacts
in the address book on the infected computer, therefore collapsing
It also contaminates files shared through KaZaA, immediately infecting
other users that download files.
It opens TCP port 3127, which could allow hackers to take remote
control of the infected computer and access or steal all types of
resources and information.
It connects infected computers to a web page, creating traffic that
will cause the servers involved to collapse.
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