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New worm alert

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From: Maggie White (mwhiteaz_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Oct 28 2001 - 08:52:57 PST


The following is from a reputable online computer newsletter I subscribe
to. It's pretty scary that you no longer have to open an attachment to
get infected in some cases.

Maggie
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           Virus Alerts
           Q: Virus/Worm Alert! W32.Klez.A@mm in high distribution!
            
           A: Another mass-mailing worm known as W32.Klez.A@mm is
spreading quickly.
           The worm exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook and
Outlook Express by executing
           itself when you open or even preview an infected message.

           The email will arrive with the following characteristics:

           Subject: (The subject of the email varies).
           Attachment: (The attachment has a random file name).
           Body Message:

           I'm sorry to do so,but it's helpless to say sorry.
           I want a good job,I must support my parents.
           Now you have seen my technical capabilities.
           How much my year-salary now? NO more than $5,500.
           What do you think of this fact?
           Don't call my names,I have no hostility.
           Can you help me?

           This message may not be visible on older e-mail programs that
are not able to display
           HTML messages.

           The current versions of most anti-virus programs can detect
and remove this virus, so
           be sure to update if you have not done so in the last couple
of weeks.

           Users of Outlook and Outlook Express should consider turning
off the 'preview pane' so
           that this new generation of worm/virus code can not auto
launch when you click on a
           message.

           To turn off the preview pane in Outlook Express, make sure
you are in your Inbox then
           click on View/Layout and remove the checkmark from the 'Show
preview pane' box.

           To turn off the preview pane in Outlook, click on
View/Preview Pane.

           More information and a patch for the vulnerability can be
found at
          
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS01-020.asp.
           Answered by: Ken Colburn

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