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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

With the lights out it's less dangerous

In the past 36 hours, I've received more than 400 copies of the Sobig.F virus in my e-mail. Fortunately, every one of them has been caught by my spam traps, so I haven't had to download them, but it's still a major nuisance. At least it can't affect my computers; we run only Mac OS and UNIX here at stately There Is No Cat Manor. It appears to me that the computer of at least one There Is No Cat reader is infected, because every copy of the virus has come to the address at the bottom of this page. That address appears nowhere else that I can think of, although I suppose it's possible that I may have used it to reply to e-mail from someone who sent e-mail there. In any case, if you run the world's most insecure operating system from Redmond and you haven't done so yet, please check to make sure you're not infected. A quick Google search turns up the following free tools to help remove the dratted virus:

Not being a Microsoft Achiever, I have no idea how well these work, but give them a try.

As for me, I think I'll wait until the number of messages received hits 1000, then sell. At the rate my reception of infected messages is increasing that should be about mid-afternoon....

Posted at 3:30 AM

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I've had about the same number to just one of my six email addresses - none of the other addresses are affected. Oddly, it's not the address I use most often, but an address which is on one of my more popular websites. I've had to stop downloading emails from that address completely, and just go onto the server via mail2web to delete them. Unfortunately, I do get some proper emails through that address, so I can't just delete the whole lot. Irritating, isn't it?

Posted by Suw at 5:29 AM, August 27, 2003 [Link]

I had something like 450 - on my work address - between Thursday when I left work and yesterday morning when I came back into the office...and they were all in my inbox. oy. another hundred or so yesterday, and came in this morning to another 43.

so far none on any of my personal addresses (fingers crossed).

what disturbed me on Friday morning (when I checked outlook web access to get a phone number) was how many of those emails were from .mil addresses. yipes!

Posted by Elaine at 11:01 AM, August 27, 2003 [Link]

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