We have been monitoring stories and technical information that is available on this Virus that is Spreading like Wildfire! We believe that starting Feb 1st, we may see things slow down on net, email problems, sites not available etc. We saw it before with last years big virus, but sources say this new virus is worst one yet.
Based on their code, Mydoom worms are scheduled to launch denial of service attacks against SCO Group Inc. and Microsoft Corp., starting Feb. 1. A DOS attack means infected computers are set to overload both companies' web servers with bogus information, in an attempt to prevent access by legitimate users.
Mydoom.B also prevents infected computers from accessing web sites of Microsoft and many anti-virus software makers, making it difficult for owner of an infected machine to get help.
With hundreds of thousands of infected computers as of Friday and at estimated rate of 12,000 per hour systems becoming infected, this virus is taking over. It has been estimated that now 20% of all email that is being sent/received is Mydoom virus and its variants! With this many systems infected and once Feb 1st hits, these infected systems will start DoS attacks from all over world. How will this affect you?
Email Service could be slowed down, pop3 errors, websites slow to bring up or not available. Yes, this could very well affect even our sites and
your access to them when DoS attacks start and there is NOTHING we can do to prevent this from occurring except educate our members and provide information on how to protect your system. This virus will cause so much information to be passed through nets backbones that it will cause congestion, packet loss, instability of major backbones and services being temporarily denied while major ISPs attempt to block and prevent further problems due to DoS attacks and this virus.
This could turn into a nightmare for many companies that do business and depend on email, website reliability etc. HOW CAN YOU HELP?
DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS - CHECK YOUR COMPUTER FOR THE VIRUS UPDATE YOUR VIRUS PROTECTION DAILY if NECESSARY - If you do not have an anti-virus software installed... DO SO NOW!!
There is NO reason that anyone on internet should not have an anti-virus software installed on their computer. The fact that many do not and many that do not update their software regularly plus opening of
attachments when you do not know who they are from or where not expecting it - This is what is causing spread of these viruses like wildfire.
MyDoom Details -
Avoid opening attachments from suspicious email messages Emails sent out by Mydoom.B are generated randomly. The From address may also be spoofed to appear as though message is from a different address.
The subject of message will include one of following:
Delivery Error hello Error Mail Delivery System Mail Transaction Failed Returned mail Server Report Status Unable to deliver message
Not all email messages with these subject lines carry MyDoom.B virus, some may be legitimate status messages.