sobig-fAttention business and home users, this is an urgent warning that the email virus SoBig.F could causes further mayhem by instructing infected computers to automatically download malicious programs. Any infected computers that are left on have the potential to become zombies, doing whatever the virus writer wants.

The worm, which has spread to thousands of computers this week, has been programmed to turn PCs into “zombies”, directing them to a server controlled by the virus writer from which a so-called “Trojan horse” could be downloaded. If the writer of SoBig.F succeeds in installing a Trojan on infected PCs, users could be in for a nasty shock when they return to their computers.

At the moment, it is not known what the downloaded material will do, but possibilities include launching another virus or spam attack, collecting sensitive information, or deleting files stored on an infected computer or network. The main effect of SoBig.F to date has been to slow down the internet with the sheer quantity of emails it has generated. What the worm downloads could display an offensive but largely harmless message or launch a malicious attack.

Do what you can to protect your computer from this vicious attack! Ensure your anti-virus is up-to-date, run your anti-virus to check for infection, disinfect if necessary and ensure your computer’s firewall is properly configured.

For more information or any questions, call ABM 510.522.4921


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