The sobigF virus.......it.....it.....STOPPED!

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Well, the reports said it would happen, and it has!

    On September 10th, the sobigF virus was
    to cease.

    It happened just as promised.

    For the first time in over a month, I don't have
    to go in my personal email box and delete 500
    virus-laden emails caused by the most (for lack of
    better word) annoying virus ever to be unleashed.

    At least the programmer of sobigF had a
    heart to put an expiration date on this thing.

    For the first time, my mailbox is quiet.

    Of course, experts claim that this particular virus
    was just testing waters for something even BIGGER.
    I suppose the worst has yet to come.
     
  2. brentl

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    It's strange for you to make this kind of post Ron ... you're usually all business nowadays .... good to see you happy[​IMG]

    or is that just relieved?[​IMG]

    "testing waters for something even BIGGER." I heard that too. Kind of scary eh!!
     
  3. Rob Gillespie

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    Expect SoBig-G any day.
     
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    The reason that they expire is so that the various different versions don't have to compete with each other in the wild. The eventual goal of these viruses is unclear, but this version used computers that had been cracked by the last version (admittedly unsuccesfully) for some nefarious purpose. It's theorized that some group of spammers or people who work for them are behind it, as previous versions have also used infected computers as spam relays.

    Time will tell. Enjoy the respite while it lasts, Ron.
     
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    You can configure Norton AntiVirus to clean emails automatically without notifying you.

    All the Sobig variants (except for the first, Sobig.A) had expiration dates. Shortly after the expiration of one variant, a new one appeared. So don't be surprised if Sobig.G appears in the next few weeks. [​IMG]

    Many security experts think that the Sobig author is using the virus to create an army of infected zombie PCs that can be used for relaying spam, etc. Each variant, designed to stop spreading after a few weeks, "enlists" more PCs into the zombie army, by installing backdoors or "automatic" downloading of trojans.

    So this battle is over, but the war rages on...
     
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    Quoth the Kevin"
     
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    Ron,

    Thanks for the heads up on yet, another Microsoft patch.
     

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