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"Kama Sutra" worm due Friday, Feb. 3

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  1. Feb 2, 2006 #1 of 14
    Nick

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    Worm seduces PC users

    A new e-mail worm that spreads under the guise of pornographic content has jumped to the top of the worldwide virus charts.

    When run on a Windows PC, the worm copies itself to shared network locations and sends itself to e-mail addresses found on the target computer. The pest includes a timed attack that attempts to disable antivirus and firewall software and delete certain files, including Office documents, on the third day of the month, according to antivirus software vendor F-Secure.

    The worm, dubbed W32/Nyxem-E by F-Secure, arrives attached to an e-mail message. It uses a variety of subject lines, including "School girl fantasies gone bad." The body text also varies, but it can include references to the Kama Sutra, the ancient Sanskrit book with pictures and explanations about different sexual positions. The worm executes when the user opens the attachment.

    "This worm feeds on people's willingness to receive salacious content on their desktop computer," Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for antivirus vendor Sophos, said in a statement.

    Nyxem-E was the most commonly caught threat in the past 24 hours, according to both F-Secure and Trend Micro, which calls the worm Grew.A. The worm also has its own counting mechanism, and it showed 510,000 infected systems on Saturday, according to F-Secure.

    "Our internal reporting system shows a steady stream of Nyxems being reported from all over the world, from USA to Australia," F-Secure said in a statement on its corporate blog. "If the worm keeps this pace, Friday the 3rd of February might be nasty--that's when the destructive payload is programmed to strike for the first time."

    To protect themselves, users should keep their antivirus software up to date and be wary when opening e-mail attachments, experts said.

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  2. Feb 2, 2006 #2 of 14
    Redster

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    There have been some instances today of the worm deleting files. I guess the pc owners didnt have the day set right. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Feb 2, 2006 #3 of 14
    kc1ih

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    The best defense against viruses and worms is to get rid of Windoze. Although it's unknown at this point if some viruses will effect the new Intel-based Macs, though if they only attack the Windows OS, they should have no effect on Mac OS.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2006 #4 of 14
    Bogy

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    Yes, let me run right out and get four of them before tomorrow. :lol:
    And then as soon as everybody is using the Mac OS, hackers will focus on it the way they do Windows today. :nono: There is nothing that makes the Mac OS more resistant to viruses than Windows, except for the lack of interest for the relative handful of computers that would be effected. Just a few months ago news stories told of a number of security holes in Mac OS.
     
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    That's what I have read Bogy. Their market penetration is so small hackers don't don't bother with them.
     
  6. Feb 2, 2006 #6 of 14
    Null

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    OS X, which is based on BSD Unix, isn't nearly as structurally flawed as Windows... Unix has been around for what, 30 years? And it was designed with networking and multiple users in mind, UNLIKE Windows, which had those things bolted on.

    Besides, in the Unix world, there's not nearly as many possible viral vectors. Problem with Windows is that most home users have superuser (God-level) access and therefore have the ability to run any program and access anything on their local machine. Unless someone's being excessively stupid, the Unixes don't do that by default.

    I'm not saying that MacOS X or Unix is perfect -- far from it. However, when you consider that Microsoft thinks things like their web browser should be part of the absolute core of the operating system, it's no surprise that any hole in IE or Outlook goes straight to the heart of Windows and gives all comers God-level access to your computer. In the Unix world, we don't run user applications as the superuser and we don't tie them directly in with the core of the OS.
     
  7. Feb 3, 2006 #7 of 14
    DonLandis

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    According to both Steve Wozniack and John Divorak the Mac OSX is extremely vulnerable to basic virus attacts because it has not been attacked much in recent years, therefore has not had to keep up with fixing the many holes that remain in the OS. Windows, on the otherhand has a complete antivirus network of both OS fixes, a team of MS engineers dedicated to rapid response as well as the numerous 3rd party protection services in place today. If you use these, and stay up to date with them, you will not suffer attacks unless you do things like open up strange attachments, operate wireless networks wide open, and never load the MS service packs and updates.

    They also commented that with Mac OSX the main thing that keeps Mac users safe IS the fact that the OS is so unpopular that no- one spends the time to write viruses to wreck the Mac user. However, if OS X ever does become popular or even if the virus generating community decides to go after OS X now there will be a real disaster because there just isn't an infrastructure in place for rapid response.

    I say if you have frequent sex with street hookers and don't use a condom, you deserve the disease you will get. If you surf the porn sites, the sleezy hacker community sites and thrive on opening inticing e-mail attachments don't bother with virus scanners and never keep your OS updated, you deserve to lose your computer often.
     
  8. Feb 3, 2006 #8 of 14
    Bogy

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    Don, we agree again. Scary. :lol:
     
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    Laverne

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    Yeah, and I agree with him, too, which is even scarier!!! :eek: (Don't mind agreeing with you Bogy, but Don..?? :nono2: )

    (Just hope he doesn't put it in his sig now, that both of us agree with him! :rolleyes: )
     
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    Just like with Firefox.
     
  11. DonLandis

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    Don't worry about it Laverne. I prefer to have you continue to be scared of me. :)

    And, the last thing I would ever do is put up a nonsense sig that claims we agree. Don't want that association either. Bogy and I agree on lots of stuff but you've never seen me put up a sig on him, have you? We just don't agree on stuff like religion, politics, historical facts, whether we can depend on the government to do everything for us, or how to help people in need.
     
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    A good client of mine got an attack this morning. He was using Norton AV and has a tech support service in weekly to make sure his 4 computers are all working properly. Yesterday I received my first bit of spam from him with some attachment that I found suspicious. My first reaction was to call him on the phone. He admitted clicking on that attachment and thought it was cute so he sent it to me. Not thinking. He said it was some "Support the Troops animation and music, claimed it was harmless. Since then I have received several e-mails from him that have Iworm / Bagle virus all cleaned by AVG and warning messaage sent to me. He has been informed and has called his tech guy in early as his scheduled maintenance visit is this afternoon.

    Now, I'm running a bit concerned as I have my PPC with wm5 downloading e-mail every 20 minutes, with no mobile AV installed. I need to get an AV on it soon. While I can back up the phone and recover easily enough, I'm worried that if I connect to my lan via wifi, I'll propagate a worm to my other machines and while they are protected, I really don't want the hassle.
     
  13. Laverne

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    !rolling :thats: .....!rolling

    If you will take a moment to reread my post, you might notice your error in judgement. ;) I am not scared of you, DonLandis.
     
  14. Richard King

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    I have AVG installed, but have disabled the email scanner because it doesn't get along with Mailwasher. If I try to check my mail with Mailwasher, which is the only way I check mail, AVG activates and keeps Mailwasher from accessing my email. :( I would like to use it, but can't if I continue to use Mailwasher which has the features that I want.
     
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