Central Piedmont Community College

 

[Cpcommunicator] Computer virus advisory from ITS

Office of Community Relations Communicator Communicator at cpcc.edu
Tue Aug 19 14:25:04 EDT 2003
-- From Malik Rahman

We've observed a spoof/worm (Sobig.F/E variants.) attack underway from
the Internet. W32.Sobig.F is a mass-mailing, network-aware worm that
sends itself to all the email addresses that it finds on your computer.

The messages may appear to come from people you know and subject can
contain any of the following:

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

Though our risk of getting infected is low due to various virus
prevention measures we have in place, the spoof portion causes the
bounces to be returned to people on campus who are starting to get a
little baffled. 

We have stopped two attacks so far (blocking ~2000 messages from
infected hosts since 10:30AM this morning.) 

Given the fact that this is spreading quickly, faculty and staff should
be cautious of all mail received and expect to have large numbers of
bounced messages as new attacks manifest themselves.

There is no reason to panic. Please do not open attachments unless you
are expecting them. Also, do not execute software that is downloaded
from the Internet unless it has been scanned for viruses. Simply
visiting a compromised Web site can cause infection if certain browser
vulnerabilities are not patched.

As always, please call the help desk at x5000 if you need additional
assistance.

--Malik Rahman

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