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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 01:42 AM
Worm Wears A 'Patch' For Disguise
Mon Sep 22, 8:01 AM ET Add Technology - washingtonpost.com to My Yahoo!


By Mike Musgrove

The latest virus to hit the Web poses as a security update from Microsoft and takes advantage of a two-year-old weakness in Internet Explorer.

Disguised as an official e-mail from Microsoft, the file comes attached to a note asking the recipient to install a "September 2003, cumulative patch" to protect against vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser and Outlook and Outlook Express e-mail programs.


If installed, the program, known as Swen or Gibe.F, attempts to disable firewall and antivirus software, gather password information and replicate itself via e-mail, as well as the Kazaa peer-to-peer network and Internet Relay Chat instant-messaging.


Internet security firms are reporting a wide distribution of the worm online; McAfee Security rated the malicious program a "medium" risk to home users and a "low" risk to corporate users, who are more likely to have updated security software.


The virus-laden e-mail looks like an authentic missive from the Redmond, Wash., software developer (aside from a few grammatical errors), but a spokeswoman for Microsoft said this week that it doesn't send security updates in e-mail. They're all distributed through Microsoft's Web site (windowsupdate.microsoft.com).


The Swen virus could affect users running Windows 95, Windows 98 (news - web sites), Windows Me (news - web sites), Windows NT, Windows 2000 (news - web sites) and Windows XP (news - web sites). It does not affect other operating systems.



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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 01:42 AM
Worm Wears A 'Patch' For Disguise
Mon Sep 22, 8:01 AM ET Add Technology - washingtonpost.com to My Yahoo!


By Mike Musgrove

The latest virus to hit the Web poses as a security update from Microsoft and takes advantage of a two-year-old weakness in Internet Explorer.

Disguised as an official e-mail from Microsoft, the file comes attached to a note asking the recipient to install a "September 2003, cumulative patch" to protect against vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser and Outlook and Outlook Express e-mail programs.


If installed, the program, known as Swen or Gibe.F, attempts to disable firewall and antivirus software, gather password information and replicate itself via e-mail, as well as the Kazaa peer-to-peer network and Internet Relay Chat instant-messaging.


Internet security firms are reporting a wide distribution of the worm online; McAfee Security rated the malicious program a "medium" risk to home users and a "low" risk to corporate users, who are more likely to have updated security software.


The virus-laden e-mail looks like an authentic missive from the Redmond, Wash., software developer (aside from a few grammatical errors), but a spokeswoman for Microsoft said this week that it doesn't send security updates in e-mail. They're all distributed through Microsoft's Web site (windowsupdate.microsoft.com).


The Swen virus could affect users running Windows 95, Windows 98 (news - web sites), Windows Me (news - web sites), Windows NT, Windows 2000 (news - web sites) and Windows XP (news - web sites). It does not affect other operating systems.



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You can have my gun when you pry it from my paranoid, mentally disturbed, physically-abusive, cold, dead hand.

Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.
I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head
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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 02:48 AM
Thanks for the heads up!

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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 06:01 AM
Yah, thanks, no doubt I've been receiving these, I delete all emails with an attachment if they're from anyone I don't know personally, never fall for the "Microsoft" or anything like that. Even when I receive an email from friends with an attachment, if they sent it to multiple people, and they don't address us directly, like if it sounds generic enough to have been prerecorded by an automailer, then I won't open it until I ask my friend if they were the ones that physically sent it. Once it's confirmed, then I might check it out.

Yes, call it paranoia, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 06:11 AM
very true demon. it sucks to remove a virus form your computer and they destroys files so no its not really paranoid just precautious



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