Joined: 11 Mar 2005
|Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 4:00 am Post subject: Important Warning for Feb 3, 2006
|You might want to stay clear from your inbox and e-mails on this Friday. A new and powerful worm will be out this Friday. It will be affecting users minutes after midnight. Below is an article on it:
|"It masquerades as a sexually explicit email, luring computer users to open it.
But there’s no love in what the so-called "Kama Sutra" computer worm could do to your machine if you do.
The destructive virus, referred to in technical terms as Nyxem, is believed to have already infected hundreds of thousands of computers, and it’s poised to begin erasing files in less than 48 hours, at midnight on February 3rd.
Security experts warn that the Nyxem worm targets, among others, files from Microsoft and Adobe, and you might not know your machine is infected until it’s too late.
Though one version of the emailed virus makes reference to the Kama Sutra guide to sexual positions in order to attract users, others have subject lines such as "Hot Movie," "give me a kiss" or "Miss Lebanon 2006," and appear as attachments.
"It claims to be a movie or picture with some sort of sexual content," said Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at the nonprofit SANS Institute research group. "That is how it tricks you."
A hint that you may have unleashed the virus on your machine is if your keyboard and mouse freeze up. The worm then makes users reboot their machine and in the process disables their anti-virus programs, leaving the computer vulnerable, according to Ken Dunham at VeriSign’s security department iDefense.
Dunham believes the virus may have targeted its attack on consumers and small businesses, considered less likely to have the latest anti-virus software than major corporations.
The Kama Sutra worm is unique in that its raison d’etre is to destroy files rather than take control of a machine or make money.
Dunham advises users who think they may have triggered it to reinstall an anti-virus program to purge it from their system ahead of Friday’s deadline.
"It is already underway and will be activated unless people get removal tools," he said. "If you have opened an e-mail and your computer froze up, you should be very concerned."
If you believe the virus is present on your machine, click here or here to find out how to get rid of it.
DMP (Oracle files)
DOC (Microsoft Word files)
MDB (Microsoft Access)
MDE (Microsoft Access/Office)
PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
PPS (PowerPoint slideshow)
PSD (Photoshop Document)
RAR (Compressed archive)
XLS (Excel spreadsheet)
ZIP (Compressed file)"