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Mr. C
12-05-2001, 07:04 AM
Fairly breaking news!

Pentagone virus spreads rapidly (http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-8065378.html?tag=pt.msn.cdf.hl.ne_8065378)

Wanted to give you a heads up.

The worm arrives in a message with the subject "Hi" and the following text in the body of the e-mail:

How are you ?
When I saw this screensaver, I immediately thought about you
I am in a harry, I promise you will love it!

Attached to the message is what appears to be a screensaver file, Gone.scr, a compressed copy of the worm.



when opened it proceeds to disable firewalls and AV software.

Keep an eye outfor it!

Kheldar
12-05-2001, 07:42 AM
already updated virus p[rotection

Darthtanion
12-05-2001, 08:39 AM
Guess we'll see how good the new Norton is. I just installed and updated the new Norton Internet Security 2002 and it's sidekick AV program.

Mr. C
12-05-2001, 09:05 AM
I would like to suggest at this time possibly putting a thread in the technical forum.

I don't know that the Beer Garden is the best place to put this.
(Maybe on second thought it is) I just want to get this warning in the hands of as many of the gang here as possible.

Additionally, once it has been properly confirmed of course, an Admin might want to get a little something on the front page of TT for the loyal readers.

We all gotta' work together if we're gonna' get through this!

Olie
12-05-2001, 09:27 AM
there is one bad ass one that gets sent through msn as well
itr automatically sends it's self and when you ask "what is it?" it sends out lots of ";)" to you and then sends more of them. i got this yesterday, but luckily i got rid of it before my sister opened it.

Wiggo
12-05-2001, 09:47 AM
Thanks for the info there but I've been gettin' quite a few sent to me lately and most seem to be comin' from ppl who just read the Web News page which makes it quite frightening how many ppl out there have no or poor outdated virus protection and the main offender atm that I'm gettin' can be solved by upgrading to IE6. :eek:
<center>http://members.optushome.com.au/wiggo100/beerchug.gif</center>

Kheldar
12-06-2001, 03:54 PM
this virus took out the ceo's comp today :D

Wiggo
12-06-2001, 03:55 PM
I bet he was impressed too. :D
<center>http://members.optushome.com.au/wiggo100/beerchug.gif</center>

Kheldar
12-06-2001, 03:57 PM
Thanks for the info there but I've been gettin' quite a few sent to me lately and most seem to be comin' from ppl who just read the Web News page which makes it quite frightening how many ppl out there have no or poor outdated virus protection and the main offender atm that I'm gettin' can be solved by upgrading to IE6. :eek:
<center>http://members.optushome.com.au/wiggo100/beerchug.gif</center>

yep - but you can only upgrade to ie6 with win98 and above

Kheldar
12-06-2001, 03:59 PM
I bet he was impressed too. :D
<center>http://members.optushome.com.au/wiggo100/beerchug.gif</center>

she just complained that her address book was missing

Wiggo
12-06-2001, 03:59 PM
But why would anyone want to be below SE? :confused:
<center>http://members.optushome.com.au/wiggo100/beerchug.gif</center>

Kheldar
12-06-2001, 04:01 PM
why would any sane person want to be below winxp (unless haven't got hardware)

about a 1/3 of machines still have win95 on em

Mr. C
12-06-2001, 04:04 PM
As long as you can get done what needs done, your OK.
I'm happy with SE for the near future. Just need more processor and faster online connection and I'd be tickled.

2 of my systems have 95. That's good enough for what I need them for:thumb:

Wiggo
12-06-2001, 04:18 PM
Well XP I still need a nic for before I make a decission on it. ;)
<center>http://members.optushome.com.au/wiggo100/beerchug.gif</center>

Olie
12-06-2001, 06:46 PM
both of mine have 98sE

Kheldar
12-06-2001, 06:57 PM
3 of mine are XP & one win98 (laptop)

Mr. C
12-10-2001, 06:11 PM
According to an article in the Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/56/23278.html) they have arrested 4 people in Isreal for creating and spreading the "Goner" worm.

Stay alert, the worm is still free. Only the author and pals are in custody.

Wiggo
12-10-2001, 06:18 PM
Yeah and young teenagers at that. :(
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Grim Reaper
12-11-2001, 11:07 AM
the only virus protection proggy i use is vet..it doesnt have annoyin things that run when windows does..

Mr. C
12-11-2001, 11:09 AM
M$ thinks anything that runs alongside Windows is annoying:cackle:

Wiggo
12-11-2001, 02:30 PM
Even Windows itself sometimes. :D
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