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'Here you have' virus that promises free sex films causes havoc as it spreads across the world

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posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 06:46 PM
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'Here you have' virus that promises free sex films causes havoc as it spreads across the world


www.dailymail.co.uk

A new email virus that promises a link to free sex films is wreaking havoc at some of the biggest businesses across the world today.
The 'trojan' virus, with the subject ‘Here you have’, is filling inboxes with multiple emails after infecting users' address books.
The worm also tries to shut down any anti-virus software that has been installed.
Firms including Nasa, Comcast, AIG, Disney and Proctor & Gamble have all been affected.


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posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 06:46 PM
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This virus seems very strong and moving fast.

Marketing free sex videos is probably one of the best and easiest methods to use. Peoples curiosity will probably get the better of them. To get infected you do have to click, save and run the file but as shown in the article link some big firms have already got caught.

I am sure its only a matter of time before its contained but at the moment its proving very effective.

Safe surfing ATS.

www.dailymail.co.uk
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posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 04:33 AM
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I did not see anything about sex films in the email I saw. I saw something about click here on the attached pdf file. I did not click on it. I called our computer department and was told to delete it on a subsequent phone call. I knew enough that if it was a virus, I would likely have to click on the attachment. I was thinking about it since it was only a pdf. I haven't heard about using pdf files as viruses.



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 04:53 AM
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I read a comment in the attached link wondering why people were looking at email at work instead of working. Where I work at, it is part of my job to look at email from other employees and respond back to them. Everyone at the facility I work at is using the same email program. Everyone in our division which consists of several manufacturing facilities is using the same email program. I believe almost everyone in all divisions within our entire company is using the same programs. Where I work at we routinely send out messages and files using electronic communication or email instead of handling tons of printed paper work. Someone was wondering so I explained here. The email I received said something about clicking on the attached pdf which we use a lot of since we use pdf files and prints or drawings. I did not recognize the person who sent it and got really suspicious when I had 6 emails from the same person. I called the IT dept instead of clicking on the pdf.

I do not work at any of the listed places that got hit. I do work for a large corporation though.


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posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 05:11 AM
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First off, why is anyone opening an email from someone they do not know. Second, why is anyone opening a link or anything within an email sent by someone they do not know.

Third, hopefully some people get fired, I could really use a position right now.



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 05:13 AM
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This is funny. I never got a virus ever since I started using the Internet in the early 90s. For some reason, I know a lot of people who get viruses for "some" reason and I'm the first one they turn to to fix their problem. From all the decades that I've helped these "victims", I always wanted to tell them "Stop going to porn sites!". However, I just tell them, "there's a good chance of getting a virus from questionable sites". After the treatment I install an antivirus, update their computers, and clean whatever mess they made to their configuration trying to fix their problem on their own. Not surprisingly, they come back to me with a variant of the problem at least 3x before they finally straightened up.

Personally, I never used an antivirus since day one. I never found a use for it. I think antiviruses are just additional consumer of memory. However, for some people, antiviruses are mandatory.

For the office. I had all the computers outfitted with all sorts of protective measures since people have a tendency to do stupid things during company time.

Email-wise. People shouldn't open mail from people they don't know. There's really no point to it in the first place.

It's always the neophytes that gets infected.



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 05:20 AM
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In case you didn't know, the virus goes out to people in your email contact list. That means you may know the people you got the email from. That would be a reason to open an email. I did not know the person but noticed it was from someone within the company and I don't know everyone in our company. It could be a request for information or just someone I didn't recognize. Our email program has a drop down list sorted by last name and then first name. Some people don't look carefully before clicking and can accidently select someone with the same last name. Some people even have the same last name and same first name and then you have to know middle initials or something. That's what happens when these big corporations want to have hundreds of facilities and thousands of employees all using the same programs and be interconnected.

added note: I did not get infected. I did not click on the see attached pdf drawing file.

What alarmed the corporation was that our anti-virus program did not catch it. Anti-virus people are working around the clock coming up with a fix.



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posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 05:29 AM
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If someone else is using your computer, anti-virus may save your pc. I once let my brother use my pc a long time ago when we lived in the same house. He borrowed one of my games that used floppy disks to install the game. When he returned it to me later on and I tried reinstalling, my pc detected a virus. He put that floppy disk into an infected computer at one of his friends. Regardless to say I did not want him borrowing more of my pc games.


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posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 06:12 AM
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I could of written that comment myself. Only use monitoring software and a good firewall. That is is it.

Set up a restore image every now and then. But, to this date, I have not gotten anything that wiped out my computer. I always try to tell folks, if you ever get a popup or other such things, do not close them with the browser. Use the task manager or what I use is system explorer. I know everyone tells me to go to linux or something. But I love my xp pro sp2. I myself do not update anything. I just keep an eye on all the ports, services, and everything running in the background. Something weird starts running or attempting to access any ports or other software, it just gets shutdown.

Peeps out there, if you do not trust the email or the popup, DO NOT click on it. DO NOT react to a window coming up saying a threat has been detected and a flashy push button here thing. I do not know how many times I have had to wipe a computer from those fake antivirus viruses. The last, somehow it disabled the USB ports. I had to go to a pawn shop to pick up an older ps2 input mouse. Never saw anything like it. But once the wipe and everything redone, I am sure the sis will call me in about 6 months saying there computer is messed up again. This time though, I set up a image restore feature that has a boot from disc component. So no matter how fried the system is, takes about 4 minutes to reset the whole computer. IF they save their files in an external drive like I told them to pick up, they will never lose anything. Now that is sweet.



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 06:17 AM
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Wow, your IT guys should be able to set up an antivirus that can monitor all the emails. Set up the email program so that if it was not scanned from a computer on your originating network, it will not open. I cannot remember the antivirus that use to do that. It has been so long since I ran antiviruses.

Thanks for the additional info.



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 06:18 AM
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It always astounds me that these "click on this attachment" trojans still work at all, why every employee that works with a computer that's attached to a network isn't given a basic 1hr computer security class is beyond me.
When I worked in PC support at least half of my time was spent removing viruses, the IT department argued all the time for tighter control over user privileges / locking the PCs down better but the heads of departments wouldn't let us as "the employees don't like it"
I once found over 2000 separate viruses on one machine.

Surely offering free sex videos on the internet is like offering free leaves in a forest



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 10:35 AM
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Originally posted by orionthehunter
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In case you didn't know, the virus goes out to people in your email contact list. That means you may know the people you got the email from. That would be a reason to open an email.


2 years ago, i had an email from an email address belonging to a local Labour party member i know, i should add i am not Labour anymore having defected to Liberal Democrat.

I immediately noticed the syntax was broken English where the person i know uses correct English diction and a link pointed to a dodgy electronic consumer goods site run by somebody Chinese, the email content was saying how fantastic and cheap the site was and i should buy something immediately, further checks confirmed my suspicions that it was dodgy as they come and plenty of rip offs mentioned in a search.

I apprised the member that he'd either been hacked or more likely had activated a virus which accessed his email contact list and autogenerated spam, advising him to sort his computer out, i was pretty pissed off because he was in possession of sensitive Labour party material and should have been more secure as par of course.

orionthehunter is absolutely correct, just because the sender is known to you, doesn't mean it is safe because a virus on the computer of somebody known to you could have similarly been infected and the infection autogenerated the virus and sent out to all contacts, this is a very common viral propagation operandi and all email should be discerned as to validity when containing attachments or links, no matter who the mail is from, very commonly the syntax will differ from the person you know belongs to an email address if it is an autogenerated virus as rarely does the original text change and it's not yet possible to alter language to feign validity as being the form of communication used by somebody you know, it will differ some how, most people have their own way of putting something, expressions and such and this to me is a dead give away, isn't hard to think about the syntax and phrases used etc may or may not be as should be if was from the real person sending. [Give it a few years and AI virals will be able to tailor language and syntax etc, unfortunately, not yet though as far as i know.]

Something i always do is right click on a link before actuating and selecting properties from the context menu, this allows you to see where the link points to even if in the email it is changed to look bone fide.

There's several tell tale signs about a dodgy link which could alert you it may be a link to malware or backdoor virus/trojan, like unintelligable domain name like randon letter and/or numbers, the link points to elsewhere to what is in the email to a very unlikely named domain which indicates it's an unused site which has been hacked for criminal purpose, usually something does not look right, always check the link underneath, bringing it up in properties, or right click and 'copy shortcut' then paste somewhere allows one to see where links actually point to, not always as you see in the email, especially if purporting to be from your bank or something, on page will look like it points to the bank, underneath it will point to something completely unrelated.

And yes, .pdf is now more complex a format from several years ago and is now a common used vehicle to infect and do all sorts of shenanigans, the .pdf is such a versatile format nowadays, i am more suspicious of .pdf these days than i am .doc or graphic formats which were more commonly used in years past.

Always Use Email Defensively, Always, if at all unsure, reply in a fresh composed mail to sender to check validity before opening an attachment or actuating a link, or call them whatever, a simple verification can avert all sorts of 'issues' a virus can cause, including stealing your ID and banking details if kept on your computer which could cost you thousands of pounds/dollars/euros whatever.

The Internet is not a friendly, fluffy place, it is hostile and there is prolific cyber crime occuring every minute of the day.

Peace.



edit on 11-9-2010 by DeltaPan because: Correct typo's, add to 3rd paragraph as to email content. Add to 5th re: AI virals.



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 10:56 AM
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Originally posted by Irish Matador
To get infected you do have to click, save and run the file...


This is an epic fail.

This goes to show that many people in this world are still computer illiterate.

Never download anything from someone you don't know... let alone execute it. This is computer security 101.


Some viruses will use your friends and families e-mail address to send you stuff too... you can't even trust stuff that is sent to you from them. Always check with your friends and family if they sent you something or not, before you open it.


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posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 10:57 AM
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I typically delete any emails I dont have any association with,.
Today your just askin for trouble if you don't



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 11:31 AM
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If i even suspect a email is infected i open it with my linux computer.
I have special programs to isolate and store viruses on my linux computer.
i can even disarm many of the bots and rearm them to send data to me or some place like the whitehouse.
Then if someone really annoyed me i can send them on like to the N1gerians with there cute scams.
Or send them back to another bot master.
I wonder how they like them.



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edit on 11-9-2010 by ANNED because: double post



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 12:39 PM
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I think most of us here are computer savy but alot of people are not!! They still fall for the basic traps!!

There has been one going around on skype as well for a while. This is an easier trap to fall into as inital accecptance of your contact will normally be a friend or business contact and it is sent by them.

I am surprised skype have never sent a security alert to make people aware.



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