I got another one today. from firstname.lastname@example.org with an attachementwith UNKNOWN PARAMETERS that had a VIRUS.
I found this online:
The Web Sucks at 06:09 PM | Comments (91)
I just got another email from email@example.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 "firstname.lastname@example.org virus". Nothing. For kicks, I tried a Google search for "email@example.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://firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com emails may contain a
virus attachment. News and Links.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org on the Symantec page. Bizarre.
Recapping the scores: Symantec 0, McAffee 0, Yahoo! 0, Overture 0. Google AdWords: 1.