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my mailbox under attack

For the past few days my mailbox has been under attack by the W32/Sobig virus, which apparently surfaced around Jan. 3. (Here is the coverage). I've been receiving an average of 25 messages a day from the worm (and the number of messages have grown every day), all of them to public addresses in the dynamicobjects website. 90% of them seem to originate on Outlook Express clients.

The interesting thing is that since I use spaces the virus can't infect my machine. I have set up a rule so that the message (which always originates from the bogus address "") is automatically deleted. So it doesn't really affect me, since it can't infect my machine, and I don't even see it. But... the virus has such high volume that it's become a bandwidth nuisance, mainly because I am on a modem connection (I probably wouldn't care if I was on DSL).

A lot of attention on viruses has been given to the effects they have on machines, the threat to data, etc. But I think that in the near future the threat will change a bit from that to bandwidth/time. Just wait until some unscrupulous spammer figures out how to put his "marketing message" into one of these things. Sheesh. Luckily the chance of that happening is low, since they'd be opening themselves to legal charges far more serious than spamming.

In any case, I guess that if it doesn't let up in the next day or so I am going to have to change the bounce configuration in my mail server. What a pain.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on January 14 2003 at 11:02 AM

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