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Old 02-01-06, 06:22 PM   #1
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'Kama Sutra' Worm Positioned To Spread

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'Kama Sutra' Worm Positioned To Spread

02/02/2006

Michael Kahn

A destructive worm posing as a pornographic email may already have infected hundreds of thousands of computers and could erase many everyday files on February 3, security experts warned on Tuesday.

The 'Kama Sutra' worm, which targets popular Microsoft Corp, Adobe Systems Inc and ZIP files, is a threat because many users will not know the virus has infected their computers until it is too late.

The virus, also known as Grew.A or MyWife, tricks users by appearing as an email attachment with subject lines such as 'Hot Movie', 'give me a kiss' and 'Miss Lebanon 2006'.

Some variations refer to the ancient Kama Sutra guide to elaborate sexual positions in order to attract attention and convince victims to open.

"It claims to be a movie or picture with some sort of sexual content," said Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at the nonprofit SANS Institute research group. "That is how it tricks you."

The worm -- which spreads by e-mailing itself to addresses in an infected computer's mailbox -- may already have slipped onto 275,000 to 500,000 machines and is now simply waiting to obliterate files on Friday.

The virus causes a keyboard and mouse to freeze up and then disables anti-virus programs when the computer is restarted, leaving a machine vulnerable, said Ken Dunham, rapid response director at VeriSign Corp's security unit iDefense. The attack is scheduled to begin at midnight on February 3.

The virus mainly has infected computers of vulnerable consumers and small businesses, which are far less likely to have up-to-date security software, he said.

The Kama Sutra worm also stands out because its primary purpose is to destroy files rather than to seek financial gain or to take control of a computer, security experts said.

Dunham said any users who suspect they may have triggered the worm should reinstall an anti-virus program and make sure the virus has been removed.

"It is already underway and will be activated unless people get removal tools," he said. "If you have opened an e-mail and your computer froze up, you should be very concerned."
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Old 02-01-06, 07:43 PM   #2
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So basically idiots get their computers killed. BFD.
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Old 02-01-06, 08:27 PM   #3
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At first I thought you said "Karma Sutra Worm Position to Spread"
I was like, wtf, I've never ever heard of that position let alone the plan to spread that position...
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So basically idiots get their computers killed. BFD.
That's my initial reaction too, but then I remind myself that even non-idiots have roommates, girlfriend/boyfriends, kids, etc.

Anyway, people who suspect they could be infected should update their antivirus software with the latest definitions and do a complete scan of their computer. If you don't have any antivirus, or it's old antique stuff, I heard there's a new-&-improved version of the free-for-home-users AntiVir: http://www.free-av.com Among the freebie antivirus products, it's generally considered the best at detection.
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Old 02-02-06, 01:39 PM   #5
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At first I thought you said "Karma Sutra Worm Position to Spread"
I was like, wtf, I've never ever heard of that position let alone the plan to spread that position...
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I'll be sitting at the iMac, still wondering why anyone would continue to put up with the wacky world of Windows.
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At first I thought you said "Karma Sutra Worm Position to Spread"
I was like, wtf, I've never ever heard of that position let alone the plan to spread that position...
roflmao. I was thinking the same thing till i remembered that was one of the names for the crazy computers.
Suprisingly ididnt see that much panic
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I'll be sitting at the iMac, still wondering why anyone would continue to put up with the wacky world of Windows.
Security through obsecurity my ffriend. It's not true security.l Its secure because its obsecure. Windows is the most popular Desktop and thus it's the most attacked. Please try to keep that in mind
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SO, was this thread title meant to be a pun?

All I have to say, spread is dead. Spoon is the style for noon.

....Honestly...I'm not even sure if that makes sense at all...I'm just bored and buffing my postcount.
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hhehehe..
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