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24-Jun-2005

Mytob strikes again

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 5:44 pm

Egads. The fact that people are opening this Mytob virus despite the utter illogic of its social engineering is scary enough, but what’s even more scary is how much of a bandwidth eater it and others of its ilk are. Here’s a screenshot of what greeted me when I checked my mail late this afternoon, after spending the morning and early afternoon on a trip away from the computer.

OK, so maybe I’m partly at fault for having a catch-all account, but still. At least you can’t say I’m helping to spread it… I’d have to load up Virtual PC and copy it into a shared folder if I even wanted to execute this trash in the first place. 🙂

Edited 2005/06/10 to add: Oh, yeah, and it was surprisingly easy to filter on the server side, too. How? Well, suffice it to say there’s no such product as “Zone38 Antivirus”, so why would any legitimate e-mail mention it? Of course, this needs to be changed to apply to your own domain, but still, it’s prevented me from having a mailbox looking like the one in the screenshot above…

2 Comments »

  1. Is that “Account Alert” one actually the virus too? I notice it has a different size to the others…

    Oh, and hi. 🙂 I believe this is my first comment here, although I’ve been reading for a while.

    Comment by Ciaran — 24-Jun-2005 @ 7:58 pm

  2. Yep. It’s a different (and much smaller!) strain, but there was some sort of infected attachment on it.

    Comment by codeman38 — 24-Jun-2005 @ 10:45 pm

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