Worm? Virus?

I’m getting dozens of messages per hour saying that e-mail I never sent can’t be delivered or that attachments I never attached include a virus. The messages are labeled “thank you,” “my details,” “wicked screensaver” and “your application.” And “Warning: E-mail Viruses Detected.” As a Mac user, I’ve felt immune to most of the usual worms, viruses and whatnot. If anyone can tell me how to deal with this, I’d appreciate it. And if I don’t answer your e-mail, it may be because I accidentally deleted it with the junk. (I’m also getting a lot of legitimate e-mail due to a free-lance piece that just ran, so it’s particularly frustrating to be flooded with junk.)

Update: It’s SoBig. Here’s advice on how to protect your computer.

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  1. Some viruses (e.g. Klez) use local address book entries to forge a phony sender & return address, so as to prevent the actual sender from being notified they have a virus. Instead, the person whose address is picked from the infected machine’s address book gets the bounces.

  2. Some viruses (e.g. Klez) use local address book entries to forge a phony sender & return address, so as to prevent the actual sender from being notified they have a virus. Instead, the person whose address is picked from the infected machine’s address book gets the bounces.

  3. It’s sobig.f. Here’s some info:

    http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/geekroom/2003/08/19#a45

  4. It’s sobig.f. Here’s some info:

    http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/geekroom/2003/08/19#a45

  5. I’m getting them too.

    Barring making it a capital crime, I don’t know what we can do to stop it!!!!

    Oh well … DELETE DELETE DELETE!!!!!

  6. I’m getting them too.

    Barring making it a capital crime, I don’t know what we can do to stop it!!!!

    Oh well … DELETE DELETE DELETE!!!!!

  7. If making it a capital crime would stop the viruses, worms, and such then I vote for making it a capital crime. Off with their heads!

  8. If making it a capital crime would stop the viruses, worms, and such then I vote for making it a capital crime. Off with their heads!

  9. It’s probably Sobig-F. I’ve been getting about one every hour with the virus attached, and I’ve seen several “cannot deliver” messages from people I’ve never heard of — I think it fakes sender addresses in several ways, out of the infected computer’s address book and local files (including cached web sites) too.

    Since it’s a new variant, it’s a good idea for everybody to keep their antivirus software updated and — as someone correctly said — delete, delete, delete.

  10. It’s probably Sobig-F. I’ve been getting about one every hour with the virus attached, and I’ve seen several “cannot deliver” messages from people I’ve never heard of — I think it fakes sender addresses in several ways, out of the infected computer’s address book and local files (including cached web sites) too.

    Since it’s a new variant, it’s a good idea for everybody to keep their antivirus software updated and — as someone correctly said — delete, delete, delete.

  11. I got one of these, which claimed I’d tried to send you mail (I hadn’t, and wierdly find myself doing so now as a consequence) but it did lead me to your blog, after all. Can’t be bad.

  12. I got one of these, which claimed I’d tried to send you mail (I hadn’t, and wierdly find myself doing so now as a consequence) but it did lead me to your blog, after all. Can’t be bad.

  13. It’s infected the Verve hosting server – I’m getting them on my email address as well. Verve didn’t tell me how to stop them, though, but I suppose since it’s their server, it’s their problem to fix.

  14. It’s infected the Verve hosting server – I’m getting them on my email address as well. Verve didn’t tell me how to stop them, though, but I suppose since it’s their server, it’s their problem to fix.

  15. tom scott says:

    John Cole at Balloon Juice has 2 entries on the virus. They are here and here.
    I would just go there and read them. There may be some useful links. I have bookmarked his Sam Spade link so I can go back later to give it a more thorough reading. Some of the comments might be helpful also.
    Joanne, I don’t think it is a Mac PC question so much as whether or not a MS email (Outlook) program is used. Don’t know tho.

  16. tom scott says:

    John Cole at Balloon Juice has 2 entries on the virus. They are here and here.
    I would just go there and read them. There may be some useful links. I have bookmarked his Sam Spade link so I can go back later to give it a more thorough reading. Some of the comments might be helpful also.
    Joanne, I don’t think it is a Mac PC question so much as whether or not a MS email (Outlook) program is used. Don’t know tho.

  17. I don’t think SoBig will run on a Mac, but that won’t stop you from getting email sent from other infected machines. They won’t hurt you any, or propagate from your machine; they’re just annoying.

  18. I don’t think SoBig will run on a Mac, but that won’t stop you from getting email sent from other infected machines. They won’t hurt you any, or propagate from your machine; they’re just annoying.

  19. Mark Odell says:

    Sobig.f could have been stopped dead in its tracks if users had only followed one simple rule: Don’t open unsolicited file attachments, at least not until you’ve verified that the attachment is what it claims to be (.DOC, .PDF, etc.) and it’s not some sort of executable file (.EXE, .PIF, .SCR, etc.).

  20. Mark Odell says:

    Sobig.f could have been stopped dead in its tracks if users had only followed one simple rule: Don’t open unsolicited file attachments, at least not until you’ve verified that the attachment is what it claims to be (.DOC, .PDF, etc.) and it’s not some sort of executable file (.EXE, .PIF, .SCR, etc.).

  21. Mark Odell says:

    Some tools that will help “DELETE DELETE DELETE” junk mail without having to download messages from the mail server.
    Windows: MailWasher, Email Remover
    Mac: Mail Beacon, POPThing

    Dave’s rules for safe e-mail usage
    Worst practices for e-mail

  22. Mark Odell says:

    Some tools that will help “DELETE DELETE DELETE” junk mail without having to download messages from the mail server.
    Windows: MailWasher, Email Remover
    Mac: Mail Beacon, POPThing

    Dave’s rules for safe e-mail usage
    Worst practices for e-mail

  23. Let me also put in a word for snopes.com. I searched on “my details” and their site gave the scoop on it, in addition to info on what to do.

    Snopes is also good for checking out those e-mail stories that make the rounds.

  24. Let me also put in a word for snopes.com. I searched on “my details” and their site gave the scoop on it, in addition to info on what to do.

    Snopes is also good for checking out those e-mail stories that make the rounds.