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Re: SoBig.F Worm Reported Spreading
Posted by: Robyn Weisman 2003-08-19 14:51:13
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As predicted last week in TechNewsWorld's "Profile of a SuperWorm," the latest variant in the SoBig worm family has been unleashed, with Internet security firms reporting that several copies have been found in the wild. SoBig.F takes control of an infected PC, then creates and sends e-mail messages spoofing the PC's address. It also grants backdoor access to the infected computer, enabling an attacker to hijack the machine to steal confidential data, implement spam relay servers or even distribute updates to the worm.


Re: SoBig.F Worm Reported Spreading
Posted by: slackerman 2003-08-21 00:36:27 In reply to: Robyn Weisman
Why is it that Microsoft ships Outlook Express opening attachments of certain file types automatically??
I caught SoBig.F simply by opening up OE and having the bad luck to have my cursor on the infected e-mail message. I learned my lesson and set the "text-only" or some such button.
I also use Linux and MacOSX at home and at work. MS always tends to be more of a pain to deal with. It's amazing to think that they don't ship their software with higher security, by default. Particularly, when that's what they've been pushing over the last few years... All in all, I'll take my Linux box running XD2 to anything made by the boyz up in Redmond....
Cheers,
slackerman
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