[MOL] EMERGENCY VIRUS ALERT [01563] Medicine On Line


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THIS IS A SERIOUS ONE FOLKS....

I heard about heard about it first on CNN, and a friend just sent this
A.P. article with the details...

Infected documents are sent as attachments to e-mails most
frequently bearing a header: ``Subject: Important Message From'' the
name of
person whose computer relayed the virus.

            The body of the message says ``Here is that document you
asked
for ... don't show it to anyone else ;-).''

CERT information about the Melissa virus is available on the Web at
http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-99-04-Melissa-Macro-Virus.html.
Microsoft has a patch available at
http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/ms99-002.asp.

Below is the full article...love, Joicy
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MARCH 28, 08:10 EST

            Warnings of Computer Virus Issued

            By GEOF BECKER
            Associated Press Writer

            PITTSBURGH (AP) — A new computer virus can allow
documents to be
e-mailed to other people without warning, a potential security breach
that
should worry businesses and governments, an expert at Carnegie Mellon
University said Saturday.

            The ``Melissa macro'' or W97M—Melissa virus spreads
via infected
e-mail and attacks computers loaded with Microsoft's widely used Word 97
or
Word 2000 programs, according to CERT — or Computer Emergency
Response
Team — Carnegie Mellon's Department of Defense-funded computer
security
team.

            CERT first heard of the virus Friday afternoon and its
members
worked through the night to analyze the virus and develop a fix, CERT
manager Katherine Fithen said.

            ``We're getting so many reports from across the world, that
we
know this is going to be a huge problem come Monday,'' Fithen said.

            She noted that since CERT was founded 10 years ago, this is
only
the second time it has considered a virus important enough to warrant a
public announcement. The first, in 1994, warned of a virus that allowed
computer burglars to collect passwords.

            CERT has not determined where the Melissa virus originated.

            Fithen said she is not allowed to say whether any
governmental
agency has suffered a security breach as the result of Melissa.

            Microsoft spokesman Adam Sohn said company programmers
worked
with CERT and manufacturers of anti-virus programs to develop an
antidote.

            If a computer user opens an infected Word-format document,
the
virus propagates itself by reading the user's e-mail address book and
sending an infected message to the first 50 entries, CERT said.

            The message can include the contents of any Word document
that
is open on the computer, Fithen said.

            Also, the virus reproduces and sends so much unwanted e-mail
that the volume can overload some mail servers, the computers that
distribute e-mail.

            However, it apparently causes no direct damage to a
computer's
memory or programs.

            Infected documents are sent as attachments to e-mails most
frequently bearing a header: ``Subject: Important Message From'' the
name of
person whose computer relayed the virus.

            The body of the message says ``Here is that document you
asked
for ... don't show it to anyone else ;-).''
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