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WARNING - Email worm set to destroy files on Friday, Feb. 3, 2006. [Virus Alert]
posted: 02/02/2006    updated: 02/02/2006    expired: 03/01/2006
Description:
There is a new email worm known by the names BlackWorm, Nyxem, Blackmal, Blueworm, and Grew which is scheduled to overwrite (effectively deleting) all of the Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint documents as well as all Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop files on all hard drives connected to an infected PC.

The worm appears in the form of an email attachment.  The email comes with subject lines "hot movie," "A Great Video", "Crazy illegal Sex!", and others, enticing the email recipient to click on the attachment.

Anyone using USD email should be safe from receiving these emails.  However, we can not vouch for other email services. 

As always, we strongly recommend that you do not open any unexpected email attachments.  You should also make sure that your Antivirus software, both on campus and at home, has the most recent updates available.  At a minimum the date for the antivirus definitions needs to be 01-20-2006 or later.  For computers on campus, please follow the instructions located here http://www.usd.edu/its/docs/Updating-Antivirus.pdf.

If you’ve clicked on an e-mail attachment and had your keyboard and mouse freeze up, forcing you to reboot your computer, odds are that you’ve been infected.  To clean your PC requires reinstalling the anti-virus program, installing the latest antivirus updates to protect against this worm, and then performing a full scan of the entire PC to make sure it has been removed.

If you require further assistance, with a PC on campus, please contact the Help Desk.

USA Today article
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computersecurity/2006-01-30-email-virus_x.htm

For more details visit these links
http://www.lurhq.com/blackworm-stats.html 
http://www.lurhq.com/blackworm.html




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