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Sobig Virus
08-20-2003

LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A new computer virus, feared to be the most potent ever, expanded its reach around the globe on Thursday, sending e-mail networks crashing and frazzling technicians already overstretched by a plague of computer bugs. If you are recieving an large amount of viruses or think your computer has been infected click here to learn more about how to protect your computer and remove the virus.


Since surfacing late on Monday, Sobig.F has been crippling corporate e-mail networks and filling home users' in boxes with a glut of messages. Hypponen estimated that Sobig.F had generated close to 100 million emails.

Once the file is opened, Sobig.F resends itself to scores of email addresses from the infected computer and signs the email using a random name and address from the infected computer's address book. this means that the person who appeared to send you the virus was not the sender.

The worm de-activates on September 10, 2003. The last day on which the worm will spread is September 9, 2003 so we will all be annoyed for quite some time to come.

What is it?
W32.Sobig.F@mm is a mass-mailing, network-aware worm that sends itself to all the email addresses it finds. The worm uses its own SMTP engine to propagate
from Spoofed address (which means that the sender in the "From" field is most likely not the real sender). The worm may also use the address admin@internet.com as the sender.

NOTES:
The spoofed addresses and the Send To addresses are both taken from the files found on the computer. Also, the worm may use the settings of the infected computer's settings to check for an SMTP server to contact.
The choice of the internet.com domain appears to be arbitrary and does not have any connection to the actual domain or its parent company.

Subject:
Re: Details
Re: Approved
Re: Re: My details
Re: Thank you!
Re: That movie
Re: Wicked screensaver
Re: Your application
Thank you!
Your details

What do you do?
Keep your virus protection updated both Symantec and McAfee have added updates that protect against this virus, If you have not updated your virus definitions since 8-20-2003 do so immoderately, this will protect you from future mail containing the virus.  Don't waste your time contacting people who sent you the virus - they weren't the real sender. Protect your computer and hopefully by September 10th you will stop receiving these messages.

How do you get rid of the Virus?
Both Symantec and McAfee have removal tools available from their web sites. click the links and follow the instructions by either vendor (choose the vendor of the anti virus software you currently use)

Related Articles
Symantic - Sobig Virus Info
McAfee Security - Sobig Virus Info
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Fri Aug 22, 9:23 AM ET
Survey: Worm Infects 30 Pct of China E-Mail Users
Fri Aug 22, 3:23 AM ET
Virus That Infects E-Mails Expanding Its Reach Thu Aug 21, 8:24 PM ET
SoBig Worm Aims to Turn PCs Into Spam Machines Thu Aug 21,10:03 AM ET


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