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I got another one today. from big@boss.com with an attachementwith UNKNOWN PARAMETERS that had a VIRUS.
I found this online:
big@boss.com virus
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I just got another email from big@boss.com which looks to me like a virus. This is the 3rd or 4th in a couple of days. So I went to both Symantec's and McAfee's anti-virus pages, and didn't turn up anything.

Then I tried a Yahoo! search for "big@boss.com virus". Nothing. For kicks, I tried a Google search for "big@boss.com virus" but that turned up no search results, either.

Google AdWords to the rescue
But wait a minute: on the right-hand side of the Google search results, I saw an advertisement that looked like this:

SoBig Virus Information
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.b...OQABEAmWA&num=1

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.sobig.a@mm.html

big@boss.com emails may contain a
virus attachment. News and Links.
bcstx.com/sobig.htm
Interest:


Someone bought an ad on Google to help spread the word faster than the Google search engine can index pages about the virus! That's really generous of them! They should add a PayPal donations button to their page. (No such helpful advertisements were found on the Yahoo! search results.)

Hunting around a little further, it appears that this is the W32.Sobig.A@mm virus (the subject line of Re: Movies and attachment of Document003.pif matches what I've been getting). But no mention of big@boss.com on the Symantec page. Bizarre.

Recapping the scores: Symantec 0, McAffee 0, Yahoo! 0, Overture 0. Google AdWords: 1.

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IMPORTANT VIRUS INFO

Please do not open mail from "big@boss.com"

A new virus showed up late last week and has been fairly successful at infecting systems on campus. This virus sends itself as an attachment to email, and always uses the return address of "big@boss.com".

Thus, you will be safe from the virus if you never open email from "big@boss.com". Even if you do open one of the messages, you won't be infected unless you open the
attachment to the message.

Once again, this demonstrates the importance of never opening an attachment you aren't expecting, even if it comes from someone you know. If in doubt, contact the person who sent you the attachment and ask them if they really meant to send it.

Although there are some reports that this virus can also spread through Windows network shares, I'm not aware of any local cases in which that happened.

More information about this virus is available from:

http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/sobig.shtml
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=7143
http://vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k=99950


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