New Worm Used As Weapon in Linux War

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(CNN) -- A sneaky e-mail worm continued to clog Internet traffic Tuesday, spreading faster than previous Web bugs by appearing as an innocuous error message.

The worm -- dubbed "MyDoom," "Novarg" or "WORM_MIMAIL.R" -- was copying itself at a fierce pace, so fast that some companies were having to shut down their mail servers to stop it. And a new clue was emerging as to the source of the infection.

Virus experts suggested MyDoom's author was a fan of the Linux open source community, because the bug, which targets computers running Microsoft Windows, launched a Denial of Service Attack on SCO's site. Utah-based SCO Group, owner of the UNIX operating system, claims some versions of the Linux operating system use its proprietary code.

"The MyDoom worm takes the Linux Wars to a new intensity," said Chris Belthoff, an analyst for anti-virus firm Sophos. "It appears that the author of MyDoom may have taken the war of words from the courtrooms and Internet message boards to a new level by unleashing this worm which attacks SCO's Web site."

Full article: http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/internet/0 ... index.html


Seems like they're killing two birds with one stone with this one. It's attacking SCO and Windows users at the same time. All of our computers are infected with some sort of email worm. 'Tis a pain in the arse.
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i do not want to have that on my computer.
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don't help spread it. get ur antivirus software up to date.
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I got two of the viruses in my hatemail for loser.before-reality.net

Fun stuff ;) To bad I can open it and it can touch me! hahhh!
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Here's SARC's take on it. (I saw that ealier today too)

http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.novarg.a@mm.html
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Ya, I was helping out the Cisco CCNA 1 class and all the computers on my school's network were infected. It was brutal
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See, now they bring up this kind of paranoia EVERY time a new worm or virus comes out...

Ok, so this worm/virus/trojan/whatever doesn't infect Linux.. GO FIND ONE THAT DOES!. Your search will fail. :)

Besides, if this one was written by a Linux guy, it'd be GPL, and have SourceForge.net URL for source code download in the mail signature ;)
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working last night i got word of this virus at around 10PM last night... and i had a feeling it was going to be a bad one... had no idea the impact it would have though, or i would have warned everyone here.. i had 30 of this virii in my email by 5 pm tonight... sorry i didnt warn everyone earlier..

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That's how youo tell something's a virus. If you've got like 15 microsoft patches in your inbox it's a bit suspicous
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whatlikesit12345 wrote:
don't help spread it. get ur antivirus software up to date.


No way, send me two copes! Down with SCO! ;-)
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I just got another two today at hatemail@acgcny.com four total now!
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I've gotten like 150 since yesterday morning.
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The emails are finally beginning to dwindle down for me. I only received three today, but at least 50 yesterday.


BTW Axe, congrats on becoming a Mod! :D
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I haven't received a single copy. Does this mean that nobody has me in their address book? haha!

...well, I'm hoping our mail admins at work are doing a fine job. ;-)

BTW: How do you become things like mod? (Not that I'm asking to be... I'm not... just curious).
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Have you heard of the Newfie* virus? It was written by a guy who couldn't program. It politely asks the user to forward the message to their entire address book, then delete their files.

* A Newfie is a person hailing from Newfoundland, Canada. Some take offence to the term... I happen to like it a lot. :-)
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that was stupid. I could do that. Just send and e-mail saying "foward this to all ur friends and then delete ur hard drive"
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Lol, that sounds like the Amish Virus to me.

"You have just received the Amish virus. Because we don't have any computers, or programming experience, this virus works on the honor system. Please delete all the files from your hard drive and manually forward this virus to everyone on your mailing list. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Amish Computer Engineering Department"
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I have been getting very large amounts the last 3 days which messages such as:

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The message cannot be represented in 7-bit ASCII encoding and has been sent as a binary attachment.


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Mail transaction failed. Partial message is available.


Of course everyone has an attachement.
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Lol, that sounds like the Amish Virus to me.


haha, yeah, there's probably more than one variation. Maybe we should explain it to whatlikesit12345. nah! ;-)
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rjmthezonenet wrote:
Have you heard of the Newfie* virus? It was written by a guy who couldn't program. It politely asks the user to forward the message to their entire address book, then delete their files.

* A Newfie is a person hailing from Newfoundland, Canada. Some take offence to the term... I happen to like it a lot. :-)


yeah, thanks to newfs canada has one of the lowest number of blond jokes in the world
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My friend got 2 of those. i was there and was like VIRUS!! DELETE
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ya that freind was me. thnx chris for warning me. i could of been screwed
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All I can say about this latest virus is it gets me a few hours of work :twisted: not that I'm promoting them just that I don't mind making a few bucks off of them :D
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< knocking on wood furiously >
I've never used a virus scanner, and in 8/9 years of using Windows machines on the net, I have yet to be infected.
< /knocking on wood furiously >

I've always found it far more efficient to use common sense with email attachments, religiously check the update site, and read often the virus warnings.

I must not be loved. Out of 4 seperate email boxes, on 4 different systems, I didn't recieve a single copy of this virus.
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well in this case I think it is much better to have never loved, then to have loved and lost...
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I've never used a virus scanner, and in 8/9 years of using Windows machines on the net, I have yet to be infected


Well I would advice you to run your virus scanner,
See it happen the same thing to me, in like 2 years I never run the virus scanner, I though I was infected, so one day I decided that I would run it, dont know the reason that I came to decide that, but anyways, in like the first 1000 files that scanned it found a virus, it was hidden in there all that time, and i didnt know about it.
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By the way, the other day my antivirus deteted a virus so I decide to deleted from my hard drive... but it came some kind of error while doing it, I never saw the virus file again nor my virus scanner detecte it, by I have a feeling that the virus stills inside my computer, is there another way to find out a virus even though you virus scanners does not detecte it?

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