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Virus Alert: W32.Beagle.B@mm
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0488  Friday, 20 February 2004

From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Feb 2004 08:06:31 -0500
Subject: Virus Alert: W32.Beagle.B@mm
Comment:        SHK 15.0477 Virus Alert: W32.Beagle.B@mm

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

Yesterday, I wrote,

 >I hate having to waste everyone's time with this, but the proliferation
 >of Internet viruses/worms has reached a new level of sophistication, if
 >such execrable behavior deserves the term sophistication.
 >
 >Quite a few members wrote to me yesterday to say they had received an
 >infected e-mail from me.
 >
 >They were only partially correct. Yes, the e-mail they received was
 >infected with the W32.Beagle.B@mm worm. No, I did not send it.
 >
 >This is yet another case of a virus/worm stealing an address from an
 >infected person's address book and making it appear that the stolen
 >address is the source of a message that is intended to spread the
 >virus/worm even further.
 >
 >I am the source of approximately 200,000 e-mails a week but not this one.
 >
 >So please beware of ANY e-mail with the Subject line "Re: ID uismq...
 >thanks" and the body
 >
 >Yours ID bbooch
 >--
 >Thank
 >
 >These e-mails are infected with W32.Beagle.B@mm and should be
 >immediately deleted from your inboxes.
 >
 >Hardy

I do not want to prolong this or turn it into a thread, but a few more
words need to be said.

The infected files that arrive from 
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or from the SHAKSPER server. The listserv program simply does NOT
distribute e-mails with attachments. As near as I can figure the editor
e-mail address and the SHAKSPER server destination were faked
("spoofed"). The actual source of a message forwarded to me appears to
be from a former member in Australia, but I am no expert on reading
e-mail headers.

Eric Luhrs, SHAKSPER web master and all around guru, recommends that
members delete all *@shaksper.net accounts from their address books.

David Evett recommends that members not open any suspicious attachments
even if they appear to come from a familiar sender. Again, my legitimate
SHAKSPER mailings do not contain attachments, so if you receive anything
seeming to be from me with an attachment, delete it.

Nora Kreimer writes that one strategy for stopping viruses/worms from
resending themselves is to place 000 as the first entry in your address
book, contact list.

Hardy

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