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Old 01-31-2006, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default Oh my, anybody seen this?

I think this may have been posted before, so sorry about that. But it's important.

I'm talking about the Nyxem virus, the University ITS sent out an e-mail about it the other day. Apparently, it's a timebomb, designed to go off on the 3rd of each month and trash your system.

Be warned. I can't show you the full text of the e-mail (that might get me in trouble, it's supposed to be internal), but this is a nasty bugger.

Stay safe, people. I think the time to switch to a penguin-based OS may be drawing near

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Old 01-31-2006, 07:09 PM   #2
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pffft I already got a penguin based OS. No worries for me!

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Old 01-31-2006, 07:47 PM   #3
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"Nyxem Worm Programmed to Erase Files

Rapidly-spreading worm will overwrite data files on infected computers on February 3.

Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
Monday, January 23, 2006
Antivirus vendors are warning of a rapidly-spreading worm that is carrying a potentially destructive set of instructions. The Nyxem worm--also nicknamed the Kama Sutra worm--is programmed to overwrite all of the files on computers it infects on February 3, says Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure.

F-Secure researchers found the worm truncates files to 20 bytes and causes an error message when one is opened, he says.

"We are expecting to see problems in two weeks' time," Hypponen says.

The worm appears to be programmed to overwrite all files on the third day of every month, Hypponen says. So far, there's no indication where Nyxem originated.

While most antivirus vendors have issued updates for their software, Nyxem is spreading quickly, and its creators have posted a counter on a Web site that records new infections. According to F-Secure's security blog, the counter was showing around 510,000 infections as of Sunday night.

Nyxem infections may be rising because it is taking advantage of computers that have already had their antivirus software disabled by some other virus such as Bagle, Hypponen says.

Dated Technique
The worm, which is spread through e-mail, uses a dated technique to entice users by promising pornography, says Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant, at Sophos. Nyxem lacks the sophistication of recent Trojan horse-style viruses that are more targeted and less prevalent in order to evade detection, Cluley says.

Nonetheless, users appear to still be clicking, and the worm was accounting for about 35 percent of virus traffic as of Monday morning, he says.

"It's a bit of a throwback to an old trick," Cluley says.

The worm harvests e-mail addresses and then sends itself out again. The e-mail subject line may contain text that says "Miss Lebanon 2006" or "School girl fantasies gone bad," according to Sophos."

The way i see it: If you are dumb enough to click an email offering free porn...you deserve to feel the rath of this worm
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:58 PM   #4
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try this out and see if it can help
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:30 AM   #5
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i'll copy this to the security section...<moved>
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