You know those computer viruses that take over a machine, then send out email with spoofed “from” addresses they’ve lifted from the owner’s address book? Somewhere out there is an infected computer whose owner’s address book has me in it. I’ve been getting reports of large numbers of forged emails going out with my name on them. They have suspicious attachments. Don’t open them.Further: The bug in question is called the W32.Nyxem.D Worm. Here’s one description:
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This worm spreads by internet and contains one dangerous payload action—every 3rd day of month worm overwrites files with doc, xls, mdb, mde, ppt, pps, zip, rar, pdf, psd and dmp extensions.
In short, it’s yet another bug that exploits bleeping Windows’ bleeping vulnerabilities. It’s well worth avoiding.
W32.Nyxem.D is a mass-mailing worm that attempts to spread through network shares and lower security settings. …
Systems Affected: Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP.
Payload:1. Turns off anti-virus applications
2. Sends itself to email addresses found on the infected computer
3. Deletes files off the computer
4. Forges the sender’s email address
5. Uses its own emailing engine
6. Downloads code from the internet
7. Reduces system security
8. Installs itself in the Registry