Another REALLY NASTY one out there. [Archive] - Fly Fishing Forum

: Another REALLY NASTY one out there.

10-03-2002, 10:42 PM
If you don't have a good virus protection/firewall program (and update the darn thing daily!) you're really play with fire right now. The bank's computer cleaned out two more 'attacks' on my office laptop today. Todays were the Hem32's, the most common one "we're" getting at home and at work.

** VIRUS ALERT - W32/Bugbear@MM **

Dear fred, has seen a large and growing number of computers
infected with W32/Bugbear@MM virus. The risk assessment has
been UPDATED TO HIGH for home and corporate users. Users
should update their anti-virus software as soon as possible.

W32/Bugbear@MM is a mass-mailing worm that attempts to send
itself to email addresses found on an infected system. It
also spreads through open network shares and has the ability
to send print jobs to printers found on an infected network.

The "from" field, subject line, message body, and attachment
all vary widely and may appear to be legitimate email.

The virus will attempt to disable various security products,
including anti-virus and personal firewall software.

It will also try to install a backdoor trojan that can capture
what the user types, including sensitive information such as
passwords. The trojan will also allow a hacker to upload
files from the infected system, download files onto the system,
run executable files and stop processes from running.

John Desjardins
10-04-2002, 07:48 AM
To underscore what Fred said, heres my experience of this week. On Tuesday I instaled a new hard disk & OS on my work PC. I must have had a premonition of what was to come when I installed the AV software before setting up the E-mail client. Sure enough out of the first batch of emailsdownloaded one had the Virus Fred mentions. Keep those antiviruses & firewalls up to date.