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(7/25/2001) The slithery Worm virus that has made a buzz on the Internet also gets a little too close to home, Future Software Jorden Chamid warns.
While a week has passed since the W32/Sircam@MM virus caused a stir on the Internet, the repercussions of it's destructive and contagious nature are still being felt all over the Internet, particularly in intensely-linked e-mail and website-oriented communities. The QB community in particular felt the sting of the virus when it first hit.
Luckily, Future Software webmaster Jorden Chamid (among others) were quick to react once they were hit with SirCam. Jorden sent a message out to many QB webmasters informing people of the virus's format, which penetrates into Internet users via e-mail. The virus arrives as an attachment and comes with a random subject line, but the body of the e-mail message contains the following three lines, tipping off it's identity:
First Line: "Hi! How are you?"
Second Line: "I send you this file in order
to have your advice."
Last Line: "See you later. Thanks."
The virus continues to spread via the address book from the mailbox, and performs it's dirty work by randomly attaching itself to files as well as creating corrupt .DOC, .ZIP, and .JPG files on the computer. A computer infected by the SirCam virus also has the ability to lose all files on the C: drive, and can spread it's wrath not only by address books but through a network as well.
Readers of such a message on their e-mail should not open the attachment, and immediately delete the message from their mailbox. If your computer has already been infected, symantec.com provides instructions on how to clean your computer of the SirCam virus.
Article by Vance Velez, Editor
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