virus

Elaine Kunze mek4 at psu.edu
Thu Jul 26 12:40:55 EST 2001


[ Coordinator's note:  I don't usually pass on virus warnings to the list because it's
[ strictly speaking, off topic.  I want to make an exception here because this is a very
[ fast-spreading virus, with possibly serious consequences.  I was about to write up a 
[ warning, when I found that Elaine has done a much better job than I would have, so I'll
[ just send out her message.  Thanks, Elaine!
[ I'll only add that Norton, at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/tools.list.html has a free
[ tool that specifically removes this virus, which is listed as 'W32.Sircam.Worm at mm'
[   Steve Kelley

I was infected with a computer virus, described below which inadvertently
and unknown to me sent out messages to random folks from my saved
mailboxes.  Do not open it.

The content of the e-mail reads:

         Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
         Content-Disposition: message text

         Hi! How are you?

         I send you this file in order to have your advice

         See you later. Thanks


The e-mail includes an attachment, which contains the virus. I did not open
the attachment, so my computer is not affected, but I wanted to warn you.

Thanks,
Annemarie

P.S. Here is a notice about the virus, which ran on the Employee NewsWire
yesterday:

1. VIRUS ALERT: SirCam VIRUS
The SirCam virus, an executable file that arrives via e-mail and propagates
by sending itself to users found in the victim's e-mail address book files,
has been spreading throughout the University's e-mail system. This
"worm-virus" primarily affects those users with Windows e-mail clients. It
also affects non-Windows users by flooding "In" boxes and "Attachment"
folders/directories with large numbers of infected documents.

Do not open any e-mail attachment unless you are expecting the file and
know it is from a reliable source, especially if you are using a Windows
e-mail software package.

If you receive mail that you believe contains a virus, or you think your
machine may already be infected with a virus, contact the Center for
Academic Computing (CAC) Help Desk at (814) 863-1035 or (814) 863-2494.
General information and guidance on viruses can also be found on the CAC
Virus Information and News Web site at http://cac.psu.edu/infotech/virus.html.

Detailed information on this virus from the CERT Coordination Center can be
found at
http://www.cert.org/current/current_activity.html#W32/SirCam and on the
Wired News Web site at
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,45506,00.html.


For the full text of the virus alert, check the CAC Web site at
http://cac.psu.edu/news/alerts/.



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