Beware the firstname.lastname@example.org messages
- Just received several of these messages in the past two days including one
just now on dist-gen. Please beware:
Why did support @ microsoft send me a virus this morning?
By John Leyden
Posted: 19/05/2003 at 08:56 GMT
Windows users everywhere are urged to update their anti-virus definitions
following the discovery of a new worm, which poses as one of a series of odd
messages from Microsoft.
Palyh (AKA Mankx), got a strong start of the weekend and is spreading
rapidly, at least if our own in-boxes are anything to go by.
The pest is an email and network attack worm that includes a downloaded
Trojan horse component, according to a preliminary analysis of the virus by
security outfit iDefense. After a computer is infected with the worm it
attempts to create copies of itself in remotely shared startup locations on
The virus also attempts to update itself by linking to a Web site. Hopefully
this avenue of mischief will soon be closed.
The virus normally arrives via email with one of the following subject
names: Re: My application, Re: Movie, Cool screensaver, Screensavers, Re: My
details, Your password, Re: Approved (Red. 3394-65467), Approved (Ref.
38446-263), Your details.
Within this emails is an infectious attachment of filetype .pif, .pi or
.uue. Again selection of these filetypes is random. Double click of the
attachment and you get infected, natch. Palyh scans files (with .dbx, .eml,
.htm, .html, .txt, and .wab) for fresh prospects for infection.
This behaviour means the virus is likely to be prolific. As usual Mac and
Linux users are immune from infection.
The virus always appears to come from support@... email
address is, of course, spoofed (a common enough trick among VXers).
Standard precautions apply to defending against the bug: update AV signature
files and (if you're an admin) consider introducing controls to block
executables at the gateway.