Meet the New Boss
Same as the old boss. And all the other
Have you been bombarded lately with these
virus-laden emails from "email@example.com"? Or am I
just one of the lucky few? In the last few days, I
must have received close to 50 of these emails.
Most have an attached file which is actually the
W32/Sobig@MM worm (a virus-like piece of nastiness
that spreads itself through email). McAfee
classifies it as a "medium risk" worm.
DING! Outlook just chimed as I'm writing
this, and sure enough, there's another one in my
The fact that I've received so many makes me
wonder whether I'm on a bunch of spam lists or if a
bunch of people who have me in their Address Book
have been infected (I guess that's redundant).
Naturally I've deleted each and every email. I
always delete every message I receive that has an
attached file, even if it's from someone I know,
unless it's an image file (.GIF or .JPG) or I have
specifically requested the file (so don't bother
"forwarding" me any cute screensavers or other
unsolicited stuff, because I'll just delete it
without opening it anyway). You should do the
samethe best way to minimize your chances of
infecting your computer with a virus is to NEVER
open files attached to emails unless you are
absolutely sure they're safe (many virii and worms
masquerade themselves by using the return email
address of someone you know).
I find more than a little irony in the fact that
"firstname.lastname@example.org" is emailing someone who hasn't
worked in a year and a half. Hmmm... maybe I should
open one of these attached files after all. Perhaps
it won't infect my computer, maybe instead the Big
Boss will give me the job of my dreams!
Strickland ALL RIGHTS