January 28, 2004

Wow, I got my first virus attack

I just got an email purported to be from from calverle@usc.edu with subject line error. The message said somethin' 'bout it bein' some Unicode stuff so havin' to be sent as an attachment, which was a zipped file containin' a text document. Now normally I would have deleted this item without any hesitation because it came from someone I did not know, seemed suspicious and contained nothin' but the attachment, but I am actually expectin' some materials for this moot court competition I am judgin' this weekend involvin' college kids from various universities. I scanned the zip file with Norton and it returned clean, so I unzipped it. I opened the text file and all I saw was a bunch of gobblety-gook and all of a sudden my my system was attemptin' to send out emails by the boatload and my Norton was scannin' and stoppin' them. I think nothin' left this system, but if so, do not open anythin' from my taruss[at]digitex[dot]net or ***[at]tiglaw[dot]com addresses, as I have not sent anythin' to any of ya'll from either of those addresses. I usually use my hotmail address when I communicate about bloggin' issues.

Posted by notGeorge at January 28, 2004 09:53 AM

I got hammered for about a day through my blog account. I had to turn it off for a day, and then everything returned back to normal.

Posted by: sama at January 28, 2004 11:13 AM

I got two the first day of the onslaught, but my email provider had recognized the attachments as being worm-laden and removed them.

Posted by: Susie at January 28, 2004 12:14 PM