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Another virus alert


From: Maggie White (mwhiteaz_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jun 20 2001 - 15:07:54 PDT

Hi, all,

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           Virus Alerts
           Q: "Goga" (W97M.Gogaru.A)Trojan steals passwords! (6/14/2001)
           A: The Goga is a macro-based virus which is designed to
install a password stealing
           Trojan-horse program on to the victim's system, from the
previously safe .RTF
           document format.

           The macro was originally found on a Russian website, and was
intentionally placed
           there by the author. The macro contains instructions to
create and execute two files
           from the root of the C drive, S.BAT and S.EXE.

           Once executed, the worm steals and sends out (from the
infected computer) user
           details for Internet access (i.e. login, password and other
information) to a centralized
           data collection point on the Internet.

           THE LESSON
           As always, you should refrain from opening any attached file
to an e-mail message if at
           all possible. If you need to view the contents of an attached
file, always save it to
           your Desktop, then run your (up-to-date) virus scan on the
actual file before opening

           Hackers are going to continue to exploit file formats that
were considered safe in the
           past, so get in the habit of virus scanning everything that
you download from e-mail
           before opening it.
           Answered by: Ken Colburn