TO EVERYONE - VIRUS SENT THROUGH PROZ
Thread poster: A. Deb

A. Deb  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 13:21
Member
Spanish to English
+ ...
Oct 7, 2002

Hi everyone.


I just received an e-mail with an attachment from info@unipres.org. with the title \"English to Spanish Medical Translators Wanted\". DON\'T OPEN IT AS IT CONTAINS A VIRUS! Hopefully, Henry will get on to the case.


Ana


 

Andrea Bullrich  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:21
English to Spanish
Why through ProZ? Oct 8, 2002

Hi Ana,


Why do you say the virus was sent through ProZ?


Thanks,


Andrea


 

Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:21
English to German
+ ...
How can you be so sure? Oct 8, 2002

Ana,

Even if there was information in the message you received that would indicate some relation to ProZ (note that your posting does not provide any details to that effect), it\'s close to impossible to pinpoint the real source of this message. If the message contained the \'Bugbear\' worm (which seems to be the latest craze...), I suggest you check out the technical information available on www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.bugbear@mm.html:

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It then uses its own SMTP engine to send itself to all email addresses that it finds. The worm also can construct addresses for the \"From:\" field using information that it harvests from the infected computer. For example, the worm may find the addresses a@a.com, b@b.com and c@c.com. The worm could create an email message addressed to a@a.com and spoof the \"From:\" address, so that it appears to come from c@b.com. The spoofed address can also be a valid email address that the worm finds on the system.


In addition to the following list of subjects, the worm can create a new message **It then uses its own SMTP engine to send itself to all email addresses that it finds. The worm also can construct addresses for the \"From:\" field using information that it harvests from the infected computer. For example, the worm may find the addresses a@a.com, b@b.com and c@c.com. The worm could create an email message addressed to a@a.com and spoof the \"From:\" address, so that it appears to come from c@b.com. The spoofed address can also be a valid email address that the worm finds on the system.


In addition to the following list of subjects, the worm can create a new message as a reply to or forward of an existing message on the infected system *as a reply to or forward of an existing message on the infected system.*




I would also suggest you check FAQ 20.5 on this site:

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I think I received an email virus from the ProZ.com site? Is that possible?


Not really. Most email viruses exploit security holes in Microsoft software. As the ProZ.com servers do not use any Microsoft software, it is extremely unlikely that a virus would be sent from ProZ.com. It is possible to receive viruses from other ProZ.com members, and it may even be possible for viruses to be attached to mail from ProZ.com, but only after it has left our servers and been processed by an infected machine (running Microsoft products).


No virus has ever been spread by the ProZ.com site or servers.




Spreading a rumour such as \"virus sent to ProZ\" is easy - doing it without substantiation is dangerous.


 


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